NBC Paid Severance To Producer Who Accused Chris Matthews Of Sexual Harassment

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That reputation further solidified with a weekend report, which originated on Saturday from the The Daily Caller site, about how NBC agreed to a $40,000 severance payment for a Hardball producer who accused Matthews of sexually harassing her through inappropriate comments in 1999. They investigated and, according to NBC's response to the Daily Caller piece, issued a "formal reprimand" to Chris Matthews - finding his comments "inappropriate and juvenile" but not "propositions". An MSNBC spokesperson contested that claim to the Caller, saying the company instead paid significantly less as part of a severance package.

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.

Matthews was formally reprimanded, and NBC paid the staffer a separation payment when she left the company.

This would not be the first time Matthew's off-color comments have made the front page.

He is the latest in a string of high-profile men in media to be accused of sexual misconduct, particularly at NBC.

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The longtime host of the political talk show "Hardball with Chris Matthews" is the latest in a series of powerful men in USA media, entertainment and politics to have been accused of sexual misconduct or inappropriate behavior.

Additional women accused Lauer of sexual harassment and assault, and some insisted that executives at the network knew about his behavior.

In November the network fired its biggest star, "Today" host Matt Lauer, after he was found to have engaged in "inappropriate sexual behavior" with a female colleague over a period of time beginning at the Sochi Olympics in 2014.

Representatives at NBC, CNBC and MSNBC did not respond to Fox News emails and calls Sunday requesting comment on whether other sexual harassment complaints had been filed against Matthews since the payout.

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