NBC paid staffer after sexual harassment claim against Chris Matthews

Brunilde Fioravanti
Dicembre 17, 2017

Add the MSNBC anchor to the list of top media personalities being accused of sexual harassment, with NBC confirming that a separation-related payment was made to one of Matthews' female employees, according to The Daily Caller.

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.

However MSNBC disputes this figure claiming the payment was significantly less and part of a severance package. The website reported that the network decided that the complaints were "inappropriate and juvenile", but were not intended as propositions. The exact nature of Matthews' punishment remains unclear.

However, MSNBC disputed the sources' claims.

Chris Matthews, pictured here in April, has hosted MSNBC's "Hardball with Chris Matthews" since 1997.

NBC also cut ties with "Game Change" author and political analyst Mark Halperin in October after a dozen women accused him of sexual harassment and groping.

The report comes just weeks after NBC fired longtime "Today" host Matt Lauer after he was accused of sexual harassment and sexual assault. Lauer has said he is "truly sorry" but said some of what was being said about him was untrue or mischaracterized.

Both men were employed by NBC at the time of their terminations.

Matthews, 71, is married to Kathleen Matthews, a former news anchor, since 1980 and they have three children.

Earlier this month, PBS said it is indefinitely suspending its distribution agreement with host Tavis Smiley following an internal investigation into misconduct allegations.

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