NBC paid Chris Matthews staffer after harassment claim

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A report from the Daily Caller says that NBC has confirmed that a female staffer accused Matthews of sexual harassment in 1999 and the network settled with her as a result of those accusations. CNBC is a sister company of MSNBC.

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". "In 1999, this matter was thoroughly reviewed and dealt with", the spokesperson wrote to the AP.

The Daily Caller reported the woman received $40,000 to settle the matter.

Chris Matthews, who has hosted the political commentary hour Hardball since 1997, finds himself in the hot seat this weekend over a reportedly settled sexual harassment allegation from almost a couple decades ago. Sources told the Daily Caller that Matthews himself made the payment, but an NBC spokesperson refuted that and claimed the network paid the woman a "significantly less" sum as part of a severance agreement.

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According to MSNBC, they investigated the allegation at the time and determined that Matthews had made inappropriate comments for which he was reprimanded at the time.

An MSNBC representative refuted the figure when commenting to the conservative-leaning news website, saying it was much lower. Whether the woman's leaving had to do with Matthew's behavior remains unclear.

News of the allegations and settlement against Matthews come in the wake of a rough quarter for NBC, which saw Halperin and Matt Lauer both dismissed from the network after numerous separate allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct came to light.

NBC News on December 8 announced it would require harassment-prevention training for all its employees and would conduct a "culture assessment" of the news division.

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