NBC Paid Severance to Chris Matthews' Staffer After Sexual Harassment Claims

Danny Woods
December 18, 2017

A day after it was revealed that NBC paid money to a female staffer in 1999 who accused MSNBC's Chris Matthews of sexual harassment, the network kept mum Sunday about whether there were other women who had accused the long-time host of inappropriate behavior. The Caller reported that a spokesperson for the network said the payment was significantly less than $40,000.

The information arrived per two sources, who claimed that Matthews made his sexually-charged jokes and comments in front of witnesses, and the producer brought her claims to CNBC executives (given that Matthews' show aired there prior to being on MSNBC).

MSNBC maintains the company thoroughly reviewed the situation, formally reprimanded Matthews, and concluded a fire-able offense was not committed. The comments made by Matthews were "juvenile" and "inappropriate" but not to be taken literally.

It is not clear whether Matthews' accuser left the company as a result of the allegations, although she has consequently gone on to work in a number of high-profile media positions. MSNBC declined to release any further information about the claimant, citing confidentiality, so it is unclear whether her departure from the company was related to the sexual harassment claim.

NBC host Chris Matthews at the 2011 Time 100 Gala ceremony in NY.

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Matthews is the latest big name in media to be accused of sexual misconduct in the past few months.

Representatives for Matthews, 72, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Additional women accused him of sexual harassment and assault, and some insisted that executives at the network knew about his behavior.

"Inappropriate comments and jokes" should not be on the same spectrum as rape, but the current hysteria conflates anything that some woman didn't like with the most vile of sex crimes.

That came after NBC News parted ways with Matt Zimmerman, an executive who reportedly failed to report a relationship he had with a colleague.

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