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NBC Reportedly Paid Off Producer Who Accused Chris Matthews of Sexual Harassment

18 December 2017

The Daily Caller first reported on Saturday, citing two unnamed sources familiar with the situation, that Matthews paid the "Hardball" assistant producer $40,000 as a settlement after she made the allegation.

The woman complained to CNBC executives about Matthews making inappropriate comments and jokes about her while in the company of others. She brought the incident to the attention of CNBC executives after being subject to Matthew's "jokes" in the presence of a group. The rep said the network paid a lesser amount to the woman as severance pay when she left the network.

A review of the matter found that the comments attributed to Matthews were made in poor taste, but not meant as propositions, the spokesperson said.

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

The complainant reportedly went on to work in a number of "high-profile" media roles after leaving the network.

Over the years, Chris Matthews (host of MSNBC's Hardball) has developed a reputation for saying unfortunate things about women on hot mics, including a 2016 general election season flub in which he drooled over Melania Trump. His sexually derogatory commentary regarding First Lady Melania Trump during US President Donald Trump's 2016 victory campaign in IN attracted widespread criticism earlier this year. "At that time Matthews received a formal reprimand", an MSNBC spokesperson told NBC News of the allegations.

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A female staffer was paid severance by NBC after accusing Chris Matthews of sexual harassment, Variety has confirmed. Variety exclusively reported the accusations of inappropriate behavior from several women against Matt Lauer.

Other high-profile media men to have been accused in recent months include Charlie Rose, Mark Halperin, and PBS host Tavis Smiley. Additional women accused him of sexual harassment and assault, and some insisted that executives at the network knew about his behavior.

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NBC Reportedly Paid Off Producer Who Accused Chris Matthews of Sexual Harassment