Former NBC Staffer Paid Off After Accusing Chris Matthews Of Sexual Harassment: Report

A former assistant producer for MSNBC host Chris Matthews received a payment from the network in relation to her departure after complaining of sexual harassment in 1999, reports the Daily Caller.  

Two sources familiar with the situation told The Daily Caller that Matthews paid $40,000 to settle with an assistant producer on his show, Hardball with Chris Matthews, in 1999 after she accused him of harassment. An MSNBC spokesperson contested that claim to the Caller, saying the company instead paid significantly less as part of a severance package.

The woman complained to CNBC executives about Matthews making inappropriate comments and jokes about her while in the company of others.

 

The MSNBC spokesman said that they thoroughly reviewed the situation at the time and that Matthews received a formal reprimand. Based on people who were involved in matter, the network concluded that the comments were inappropriate and juvenile but were not intended to be taken as propositions.

MSNBC has disputed the claims - telling the Daily Caller that while the woman was compensated, it was "significantly less" than $40,000 and in relation to a severance package.

Matthews, who has hosted "Hardball" on MSNBC since 1997 and stared down Melania Trump in a hot-mic moment during the election, is the latest in a growing list of influential media figures to be accused of sexual misconduct, and the third high-profile case for NBC. 


Matt Lauer, Mark Halperin

On November 29, "Today" star Matt Lauer - the highest paid personality in TV news, was fired after a "detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace. Several other women also came forward at the time, telling Variety that their complaints to NBC executives about Lauer's behavior were ignored. In addition to sex toys found in his office, Lauer reportedly had a button under his desk that allowed him to lock his door from the inside

The network also cut ties with veteran political journalist and "Game Change" author Mark Halperin, who was accused groping, sexual assault and other forms of sexual harassment by a dozen women he worked with during his time with ABC news. "We find the story and the allegations very troubling," MSNBC said in a statement to CNN, which broke the story, adding "Mark Halperin is leaving his role as a contributor until the questions around his past conduct are fully understood."

The network also cut ties with senior vice president Matt Zimmerman for failing to report relationships he had with women who worked for him. 

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toady Clock Crasher Sun, 12/17/2017 - 09:09 Permalink

I hate the MSM as much as the next man, but this shit is getting into some hardcore Nazi territory.Just an accusation is enough to ruin people, and some just skate by after being accused. Classic "some pigs are more equal than others" stuff.

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Escrava Isaura techpriest Sun, 12/17/2017 - 09:19 Permalink

…..network concluded that the comments were inappropriate and juvenile……….  It sounds to me that Chris craves for emotional attention which is very different from emotional bulling and narcissism, Matt Lauer’s case.  
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Escrava Isaura gmrpeabody Sun, 12/17/2017 - 09:57 Permalink

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I can’t blame you that you have to admit that. I just read the Hedgers comments and they are more juvenile than Chris Matthews, which doesn’t come as a surprise to me. Actually, I would probably have a heart attack if was the other way around.    

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Canadian Dirtlump toady Sun, 12/17/2017 - 10:24 Permalink

it is ridiculous in some cases, however. as a man who has never done anything on a creep level let alone had my company settle on my behalf, these piece of shit pinkos can boil in the vat of excrement they themselves made. the outrage sword cuts both ways and watching these sanctimonious paid liars twist is glorious.

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Endgame Napoleon toady Sun, 12/17/2017 - 11:15 Permalink

I agree with you, especially since mom gangs in workplaces get away with dishing out any verbal abuse they want to hurl, in addition to a mother-load of excused absenteeism, specifically frequent whole mornings, frequent whole afternoons, frequent whole days and frequent whole weeks off beyond their PTO and multiple, government-mandated pregnancy leaves.

[Among other instances], I have had groups of moms in workplaces that were, in most cases, staffed in a very discriminatory ratio of 98% back-watching, childbearing-age moms to 2% men and childless women say extremely unprofessional things to me in meetings and other settings full of people.

1) Insurance Underwriting Mom Gang Meeting: “The prize for the baby-mommy-look-alike-bulletin-board-decorating contest will be getting (me) down in the floor and smearing Vaseline all over my shiny, exfoliated face.” There was one man in the entire department, which consisted of 100% [flex-time] moms other than me and zero licensed people with degrees other than me.

2) The Department of In-Human Services: Two moms that I had been nothing but polite to sang a mocking song about me in a [so-called] training class. It was among the most unprofessional workplaces that I have seen in a slew of workplaces with similar, unprofessional-to-the-max work atmospheres, all of which had a clear majority of [female (mom)] workers.

3) Moms literally chanted insults at me as I was gathering my stuff to leave in one of these low-wage jobs, with absolutely ZERO provocation unless being polite, nice and overlooking their massive amounts of excused absenteeism is a provocation.

The nicer you are to mom gang members, the more they refuse to retract their claws. They see niceness as a weakness. And no, the show-off parade of baby pics on their desks and on their computers every time you pass a non-empty mom-occupied cubicle does not mean they are nice, professional human beings.

It means 1) they like to show off, and 2) they like to solidify their membership in the mom-protection racket with mom-gang insignia, marking their territory—i.e. the many office jobs where the nearly 100% mom staff can be frequently absentee for long stretches of time, not meeting sales or account-retention goals, while still keeping their jobs.

Employees outside of the womb-privileged protection system, childless women who come to work every day, stay through the whole day and meet the sales and account-retention numbers every month, can be fired at any time over the pettiest of trivialities.

Any sexual joke by a man can be prosecuted to the max, but these mom gangs can do and say....whatever.....they.....want. They are 100% above criticism because of a characteristic of their private lives: their social role as moms.

I have seen ONE frequently absentee mom fired — 1 — but that was for all day / every day absenteeism in a management job, and the upper manager in that case was not the typical, fellow crony parent. Otherwise, that mom, too, would have gotten away with it for more YEARS, whereas childless employees almost always have [near-zero] job security despite generating a higher NUMBER of new business sales and retaining higher numbers of accounts. Those are job performance issues, whereas being a mom is an issue related to the employees’ personal lives.

The mom-gang protection rackets in sales and sales-related jobs really floor me. In corporate back offices, cutting expenses by hiring 98% moms who can accept low pay due to spousal income or free rent and groceries from welfare and child tax credits of up to $6,444 is, while just as discriminatory, more logical.

In a job where every sale counts, it does not make any sense to hire the frequently absentee bully-mom gangs. I still cannot understand why employers prefer an absentee and non-quota-meeting workforce there. The only explanation is that managers churn the salespeople who keep [their] numbers up, ensuring [their] bonuses through that revolving door of hard workers, while they retain the fellow, back-watching, frequently absentee and mostly non-quota-meeting mom-gang employees. Many of the managers take a lot of babyvacations as well, and they can count on the mom gang to watch their backs or to stay quiet due to absenteeism collusion.

Sexual anything—even just touching someone on the shoulder, which is not sexual—and a man better prepare for the gallows.

Viscous, berating verbal abuse to bully high-performing childless women out of your back-watching, absenteeism-friendly mom gang before they qualify for UC to cover rent between low-wage, churn jobs will get you get the Working Mom Merit Badge of the year from Chris Matthews or other MSM, fighting the FAKE FEMINIST WOMB-PRIVILEGED War On Women.

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Son of Loki Endgame Napoleon Sun, 12/17/2017 - 12:01 Permalink

It's pretty bad out there at some companies. My sister is a top IT person at a top IT company and quit when they started this extreme PC stuff. She said if the women/girls don't like it, tell the men up front instead of calling meeting after meeting to "teach employees how to be sensitve" and waste everybody's time.Another thin that ticked alot of them off is when they promoted an inexperienced relatively poor IT person over all the top IT group just because he was AA. She said several of them quit and went elsewhere after that last straw. Two got top jobs with more salary in Asia. This PC Bullshit is adding to the USA brain drain imo.

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edotabin toady Sun, 12/17/2017 - 13:31 Permalink

Well said.The only thing is that all those being destroyed now had no problem casting aspersions earlier when this didn't involve them. They are disingenuous asses. Maybe now they realize they were just useful idiots that would one day be consumed by their very own creation.Edit: just saw canadian dirt said the same thing.  

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