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Report: NBC Paid Hush Money To Staffer Who Accused Chris Matthews Of Sexual Harassment

Following the high profile firings of Mark Halperin and Matt Lauer over explosive claims of sexual assault, MSNBC confirmed Saturday that the company paid hush money to an employee who accused host Chris Matthews of sexual assault in 1999.

Two sources told The Daily Caller that Matthews paid $40,000 to settle with the woman, who was an assistant producer on “Hardball with Chris Matthews.” However, an MSNBC spokesperson later contested that the company paid Matthews’s accuser a much smaller amount as part of a severance package.

Whatever the case, the fact of the matter is that money was exchanged for silence.

According to the MSNBC spokesman, the network thoroughly reviewed the claims at the time and issued Matthews a “formal reprimand.” Based on the accounts of people involved in the matter, they determined that Matthews’s comments were “inappropriate and juvenile but were not intended to be taken as propositions.”

The woman, who remains anonymous, received separation-related compensation when she left MSNBC and has gone on to work in a number of high-profile media positions.

Matthews has been the host of “Hardball” since 1997 and previously hosted “The Chris Matthews Show” from 2002 to 2013. This isn’t the first time he’s been publicly accused of harassment. During a segment on “Hardball” in 2007, he strangely asked CNBC host Erin Burnett to “get a little closer to the camera” before calling her a “knockout.”

NBC has not definitely said whether the unnamed producer was the only one to make a complaint against Matthews at the network.

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Ann

Ann is a conservative political blogger whose work has appeared on Bleacher Report and America Liberty PAC. Nothing angers her more than the Nanny State and taxes. Prior to making the jump to political writing she worked in web marketing and sports writing; now she utilizes the skills gained in those industries to broaden the impact of conservative media and fight back against political correctness and liberal elitism.

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  • The old saying> Damned if you do,Damned if you don't < Some want to be touched,and others don't All pays the same !!!

  • Nice way to make money by these women and lawyers that keep moving on from place to place and claim the same thing over and over again. Maybe these women have a problem themselves and need to get the mote out of their own eyes and quit thinking it is alright to destroy other people's lives and family and start setting their minds on higher values than sex. Has the media and lawyers ever tracked these women's lifestyles?

  • Nice way to make money by these women and lawyers that keep moving on from place to place and claim the same thing over and over again. Maybe these women have a problem themselves and need to get the mote out of their own eyes and quit thinking it is alright to destroy other people's lives and family and start setting their minds on higher values than sex. Has the media and lawyers ever tracked these women's lifestyles?

  • Nice way to make money by these women and lawyers that keep moving on from place to place and claim the same thing over and over again. Maybe these women have a problem themselves and need to get the mote out of their own eyes and quit thinking it is alright to destroy other people's lives and family and start setting their minds on higher values than sex. Has the media and lawyers ever tracked these women's lifestyles?

  • I only thought that only Obama could get him erect, with the tingle down his leg, something I'm sure he regrets saying, as he still gets mocked and ridiculed almost every day. So, all of the liberal talking heads, who said they were appalled by Trump comments. Turns out they did far worse, including John McVain. As it turns out he also had an affair with a liberal lobbyist. Oh, can you smell the corruption and the stench?

  • ...the only thing I find unbelievable in this story is...'POPULAR HOST'...this loud-mouthed ignorant fascist is POPULAR???

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