Published: Tue, December 19, 2017
Entertaiment | By Kelly Sanders

NBC Made Payment To Staffer After Sexual Harassment Claim Against Chris Matthews

NBC Made Payment To Staffer After Sexual Harassment Claim Against Chris Matthews

The longtime host of the political talk show "Hardball with Chris Matthews" is the latest in a series of powerful men in USA media, entertainment and politics to have been accused of sexual misconduct or inappropriate behavior.

TV "Hardball" host Chris Matthews was reprimanded after he was accused in 1999 of making inappropriate comments about a female employee, and the woman was given a separation payment, MSNBC said on Sunday. Matthews' show was on CNBC before it began airing on MSNBC.

"In 1999 this matter was thoroughly reviewed and dealt with".

Network executives concluded Matthews made an inappropriate remark, but didn't find it to be a direct proposition.

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Matthews, whose show was later taken over by MSNBC where it still runs, was reprimanded for the inappropriate statements. Sources told the Daily Caller that Matthews himself made the payment, but an NBC spokesperson refuted that and claimed the network paid the woman a "significantly less" sum as part of a severance agreement.

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The allegations were first reported by the Daily Caller.

An MSNBC representative refuted the figure when commenting to the conservative-leaning news website, saying it was much lower. The title comes from a book that Matthews wrote in 1988, according to MSNBC.

The woman later left the network, but it wasn't clear if it was over Matthews.

Matthews is one of a number of media personalities to be accused of sexual misconduct in recent months including NBC's "Today Show Host" Matt Lauer, "Game Change" author and ABC director Mark Halperin, PBS host Tavis Smiley, Former Fox News anchor Bill O' Reilly, and CBS morning show host Charlie Rose.

NBC News on December 8 announced it would require harassment-prevention training for all its employees and would conduct a "culture assessment" of the news division.

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