(National Sentinel) Hypocrisy: The NBC network admitted that MSNBC “Hardball” host Chris Matthews paid $40,000 to settle a sexual harassment claim against him, making the liberal host the latest Democrat-leaning personality or politician to have had such claims made against them.
As reported by The Daily Caller, two sources confirmed that Matthews made the payment to settle with an assistant producer on his show in 1999 after she accused hm of harassment.
The news site noted further that a spokesperson from MSNBC contested the claim, staying instead that the network instead paid a lot less than that and as part of a severance package.
However, The DC noted further that the woman, who was not identified, complained to network executives that Matthews made inappropriate jokes and comments about her while he was in the company of others.
The spokesperson from MSNBC noted further that the network thoroughly investigated the claims at the time and that the host received a formal reprimand. Based on interviews with people familiar with the incident, The DC reported that the network came to the conclusion that Matthews’ comments were not appropriate and were juvenile, but were not intended to be taken as propositions for sex.
MSNBC did compensate the woman, who has gone on to work in several other high-profile media positions. The network spokesperson did not say whether the woman left MSNBC because of Matthews, who has worked there since 1997.
Matthews is just the latest notable Democrat-leaning personality to have been charged by a female co-worker with sexual-related harassment. He is also not the only one at NBC who has been so charged.
In November the network fired longtime “Today” co-host Matt Lauer over multiple allegations of sexual misconduct over a number of years.
“NBC also cut ties with “Game Change” author Mark Halperin in October after a dozen women accused him of sexual harassment and groping, and senior vice president Matt Zimmerman for failing to report relationships he had with women who worked for him,” The Daily Caller added.
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