NBC Paid Staffer Severance After Accusing Chris Matthews Of Harassment

MSNBC's Chris Matthews Reprimanded for Improper Comments About Woman in 1999

A report from the Daily Caller says that NBC has confirmed that a female staffer accused Matthews of sexual harassment in 1999 and the network settled with her as a result of those accusations. 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.

Two sources told the Caller that a woman who was then an assistant producer on Matthews' show "Hardball" accused the longtime MSNBC host of making inappropriate sexual comments about her while in the company of others.

According to an MSNBC spokesperson, the company thoroughly reviewed the situation at the time and Matthews received a formal reprimand. The company stated that, though the comments were "inappropriate and juvenile" there were no propositions made.

MSNBC did not confirm if this was the only claim against Matthews nor if the woman left the company exclusively due to this incident.

Haley displays Iran's military hardware to the press
With US support, a Saudi-led coalition has been fighting the Houthis on behalf of Yemen's internationally recognized government. Alireza Miryousefi, spokesman at Iran's mission to the United Nations, said Tehran "categorically" rejects the U.S. claims.

The woman received separation-related compensation when she left MSNBC and has gone on to work in a number of high-profile media positions.

The news arrives amid a slew of bad news on the sexual harassment front for NBC.

Matthews didn't respond to a request for comment from Fox News. While Matthews has continued to host the investigative talk show, Hardball, for the last 20 years with the addition of 2002's "Chris Matthews Show", as well as authored numerous books and autobiographies. This is a tumultuous time for his corporate home, who has already cut ties with Morning Joe analyst Mark Halperin in October following multiple accusations of sexual harassment and assault from a dozen women, and recently fired Today host Matt Lauer over similar claims. The latter was also the subject of several reports detailing his pattern of behavior, including discussions of a famous red button that he used to close his office door and other incredibly disturbing tidbits.

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