MSNBC Host Chris Matthews’ Employee Received Settlement After Harassment Accusation


A female assistant producer for Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s nightly show “Hardball,” received a monetary payment after she accused him of “inappropriate comments and jokes about her in front of others,” an MSNBC spokesperson confirmed on Saturday.

In 1999, the unnamed female employee complained to network executives about the incident, according to the network spokesperson, prompting a review that led to a formal reprimand of Matthews for what was deemed at the time juvenile comments not intended as sexual propositions.

The accuser received a separation-related payment of “far less” than $40,000 when she left MSNBC and went on to numerous other positions in the media, the network spokesperson said, emphasizing that the network does not consider the monetary payment a “settlement.”

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