Chris Matthews, the host of MSNBC’s Hardball, was accused of sexual harassment in 1999, The Daily Caller learned and stated that NBC confirmed. According to their report, not only was Chris Matthews accused of sexual harassment, but NBC paid a “separation payment” to the staffer who made the allegation before she departed her job. It’s unclear at this point how much the separation payment was for and whether additional sexual harassment allegations have been alleged against Matthews in the past 18 years. The news has gone viral and spread across social media networks where some are calling for Matthews to resign.
The Daily Caller reported that the amount paid to the staffer who worked as an assistant producer to Chris Matthews received $40,000 in the separation payment. That amount was denied by MSNBC with them saying the amount was less but they didn’t specify a number.
The report doesn’t indicate the allegations included any type of physical form of touching or physically aggressive behavior but consisted of inappropriate verbal remarks and jokes of a sexual nature. Matthews was reportedly reprimanded for what they deemed juvenile behavior.
You may see the Daily Caller’s report in the link below.
— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) December 17, 2017
The issues of whether or not this was Chris Matthew’s only sexual harassment allegation has people concerned. Some feel that if this was a one-time incident, ad it consisted solely of juvenile behavior, then it isn’t as serious as some of the unresolved cases.
Others feel that if it warranted a payout from NBC it was likely more serious than they are admitting. Chris Matthews has hosted Hardball since 1997. The allegations surfaced two years into his 20-year long career hosting the show.
NBC refused to say whether this was the only sexual harassment claim against Chris Matthews https://t.co/DQAu1pymrf
— Peter J. Hasson (@peterjhasson) December 17, 2017
While many networks are dealing with sexual harassment scandals, such as Amazon with Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor and Netflix with House of Card’s fired star Kevin Spacey and Louis C.K, NBC is facing multiple scandals simultaneously.
To start the controversy, NBC sat on the explosive Ronan Farrow exposé that changed the culture of accepting misogyny and outed Harvey Weinstein into the spotlight of public examination.
Following that debacle was the shaming of Matt Lauer and Megyn Kelly as they interviewed child sexual abuse victim Corey Feldman in heated and contentious exchanges.
Matt Lauer would later be fired for his own sexual harassment scandals. NBC also fired Mark Halperin and Matt Zimmerman for conduct related to sexual harassment.
Chris Matthews’ scandal brings renewed attention and focus to NBC.
What do you think of the Daily Caller’s report? Are you surprised to hear that Matthews was accused of sexual harassment in 1999?