NBC paid off producer who accused Chris Matthews of harassment, report says

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According to internal sources, the network paid $40,000 to an assistant producer working on Matthews' nightly political talk show, Hardball with Chris Mathews, although an NBC spokesperson later denied this and said she was paid a considerably smaller severance package instead.

The female staffer reportedly brought her complaint to CNBC executives, claiming he made inappropriate comments and jokes while others were around.

A staffer accused MSNBC host Chris Matthews of making inappropriate comments about her in 1999. While Matthews has continued to host the investigative talk show, Hardball, for the last 20 years with the addition of 2002's "Chris Matthews Show", as well as authored numerous books and autobiographies.

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Matthews was formally reprimanded, but an NBC spokesperson told Politico that though Matthews' comments were deemed inappropriate, they were not sexual propositions.

MSNBC refused to divulge whether the victim's severance compensation was related the incident or whether this was the only claim lodged against Matthews.

NBC addressed the report by confirming that there was a separation-related compensation involved when the woman left the network.

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The news of the reported settlement comes amid a wave of accusations of sexual misconduct in the entertainment and media industries and others, in what has become a national reckoning of abusive behavior against women by men in positions of power.

The Daily Caller did not elaborate on the specific nature of Matthews' comments, noting that "the network concluded that the comments were inappropriate and juvenile but were not meant to be taken as propositions".

This news comes just weeks after NBC News fired Today host Matt Lauer after he was accused of sexual assault and sexual harassment.

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