It looks like Barack Obama isn’t the only person who gives Chris Matthews a tingling sensation up his leg.
The Daily Caller reported on the hush payment this last weekend. The website reported that Matthew paid $40,000 to the woman who worked on his show “Hardball with Chris Matthews” as an assistant producer.
The woman received separation-related compensation when she left MSNBC and has gone on to work in a number of high-profile media positions.
Matthews didn’t respond to a request for comment.
After the weekend reports that NBC paid the money, the network has kept mum for days about whether there were other women who had accused the longtime host of inappropriate behavior.
One MSNBC spokesperson contested that claim to the Caller, saying the company instead paid significantly less as part of a severance package.
According to another MSNBC spokesperson, Matthews made inappropriate jokes about the producer in front of others, but the comments were never meant as propositions. Matthews was formally reprimanded after a review of the complaint.
NBC confirmed Saturday through a spokesman the company made a payment to a Chris Matthews employee after she complained about sexual harassment.
Matthews has hosted Hardball since 1997, and hosted The Chris Matthews Show from 2002 to 2013.
This is a tumultuous time for MSNBC. The network already fired Morning Joe analyst Mark Halperin in October following multiple allegations of sexual harassment and assault from a dozen women.
MSNBC also recently fired Today host Matt Lauer in the wake of similar accusations.
Former Tennessee Democratic Congressman Harold Ford Jr. has not appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” show, where he was a frequent guest, since he was fired from Morgan Stanley in early December in the wake of allegations he forcibly grabbed a woman several years ago.
So what more is there to come? Most every one of these accusations have come in multiples. Are there more to come? Are there already more settlements? Why is MSNBC mum about more accusers?
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