Sexual misconduct allegations have swept the nation from Hollywood to Washington over the last several weeks — but it isn’t just A-list celebrities and high-profile lawmakers that are being exposed: the mainstream media’s star journalists are now making headlines themselves.
A bombshell report released by The Daily Caller on Saturday revealed that MSNBC’s Chris Matthews allegedly settled a sexual harassment claim brought by a former assistant producer for $40,000 in the late 1990s.
Chris Matthews follows Matt Lauer as the second major news anchor from an NBC Universal network to make headlines for alleged sexual harassment.
Sexual Harassment Claims
According to unverified internal sources at NBC, Matthews paid an assistant producer $40,000 to settle sexual harassment claims made against him in 1999.
An NBC spokesperson has disputed that amount, however, claiming that the former-assistant producer was paid significantly less as part of a severance package than the purported $40,000.
Matthews’ accuser alleged that he made inappropriate comments and jokes about her in the presence of others. The woman complained to CNBC executives, who later reviewed the situation.
According to the report, the situation was reviewed by MSNBC and the executives of CNBC, which resulted in a formal reprimand of Matthews. The network concluded that while the comments were inappropriate, juvenile, and wrong, they were not intended to be a proposition to the producer.
The Daily Caller reports:
The woman received separation-related compensation when she left MSNBC and has gone on to work in a number of high-profile media positions. MSNBC declined to comment on whether the employee left because of Matthews or whether this was the only claim in Matthews’ history at the company.
The emerging allegation against Chris Matthews makes two high-profile anchormen from NBC who have been accused of sexual harassment. The media world was shaken weeks ago when Matt Lauer was unceremoniously dismissed from the Today show for alleged sexual harassment.
Since the first allegation against Lauer, many more women have come forward to tell their stories of infidelity, inappropriate comments, and unwanted advances from Lauer.
More allegations of misconduct against Matthews have not been revealed.
Like the now-disgraced Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), Matthews claimed to be a defender of women, and has been a vocal critic of President Donald Trump and the Republican Party.
But it looks like Matthews and other liberals need to make sure their own hands are clean before criticizing others.