After MSNBC’s anti-Trump mouthpiece, Chris Matthews, was revealed to have been accused of sexual harassment of a female staffer in 1999, Fox News is now wondering, were there others?
Matthews allegedly paid the woman $40K, and was issued an official reprimand after the complaints, as confirmed by NBC News on Sunday.
The complaints stemmed from “inappropriate jokes” told about the woman, and are the latest in NBC affiliates to have fallen on disgrace in recent weeks.
With the disturbing trend of sexual harassment coming from the mainstream media, Fox News raised a valid question in asking just how many times Matthews has been accused of this behavior.
From Fox News
A day after it was revealed that NBC paid money to a female staffer in 1999 who accused MSNBC’s Chris Matthews of sexual harassment, the network kept mum Sunday about whether there were other women who had accused the long-time host of inappropriate behavior.
The Daily Caller first reported on the payment Saturday. The website reported that Matthew paid $40,000 to the woman who worked on his show “Hardball with Chris Matthews” as an assistant producer.
Representatives at NBC, CNBC and MSNBC did not respond to Fox News emails and calls Sunday requesting comment on whether other sexual harassment complaints had been filed against Matthews since the payout.
NBC News confirmed Sunday that Matthews was issued a reprimand in 1999 after the woman complained to CNBC executives.
An MSNBC spokesperson told NBC News that the execs were told that Matthews made inappropriate jokes and comments about the woman in front of others, that the matter was reviewed and it was determined the comments were inappropriate and made in poor taste but were never meant as propositions. The show was on CNBC before it was on MSNBC.
The MSNBC spokesperson declined to specify the amount of the payment citing confidentiality, NBC News reported.
Matthews didn’t respond to a request for comment from Fox News.
Matthews is the latest big name in media to be accused of sexual misconduct in the past few months.
Those revelations have been particularly bad at embattled NBC.
In November the network fired its biggest star, “Today” host Matt Lauer, after he was found to have engaged in “inappropriate sexual behavior” with a female colleague over a period of time beginning at the Sochi Olympics in 2014.
NBC also cut ties with political pundit Mark Halperin in October after he was accused of sexually harassing a dozen woman and senior vice president Matt Zimmerman for failing to report relationships he had with women who worked for him, the Daily Caller reported