NBC paid off sexual harassment claim against Chris Matthews

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Well, well well. It seems old thrill up his leg Chris Matthews was accused of sexual harassment too! Why am I not surprised? Apparently, back in 1999, Chris Matthews was accused of sexual harassment by an assistant producer of “hardball.” The woman that Chris Matthews allegedly sexually harassed complained to CNBC executives about Matthews making inappropriate comments and jokes about her while in the company of others. She was paid $40,000. And here I thought the only thing that aroused Chris Matthews was Barack Obama.

NBC paid off sexual harassment claim against Chris Matthews
NBC paid off sexual harassment claim against Chris Matthews

An NBC spokesman confirmed Saturday the company made a separation-related payment to one of Chris Matthews employees after the woman complained about sexual harassment.

Two sources familiar with the situation told The Daily Caller that Matthews paid $40,000 to settle with an assistant producer on his show, “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” in 1999 after she accused him of harassment. An NBC spokesperson contested that claim to the Caller, saying the company instead paid significantly less as part of a severance package.

The woman complained to CNBC executives about Matthews making inappropriate comments and jokes about her while in the company of others.

The MSNBC spokesman said that they thoroughly reviewed the situation at the time and that Matthews received a formal reprimand. Based on people who were involved in matter, the network concluded that the comments were inappropriate and juvenile but were not intended to be taken as propositions.

The woman received separation-related compensation when she left MSNBC and has gone on to work in a number of high-profile media positions. NBC declined to comment on whether the employee left because of Matthews or whether this was the only claim in Matthews’ history at the company.

Matthews has been the host of “Hardball” since 1997 and also hosted “The Chris Matthews Show” from 2002 to 2013.