NBC is still reeling from the ousters of Mark Halperin and Matt Lauer for harassment on their respective media teams at a cost of credibility, viewers, and advertisers.
And, after breaking news this weekend, they may not be the last to fall.
MSNBC confirmed on Saturday that the network paid out tens of thousands in settlement cash to a producer for Chris Matthews after he was reprimanded for charges of harassment back in 1999.
The question that will almost certainly be asked in the following days is whether this was an isolated event.
And judging from the other scandals galore, where there’s smoke there’s nearly always fire.
Here’s more from Daily Caller…
An MSNBC spokesman confirmed Saturday the company made a separation-related payment to one of Chris Matthews employees after the woman complained about sexual harassment.
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 the matter, the network concluded that the comments were inappropriate and juvenile but were not intended to be taken as propositions.
The woman received separation-related compensation when she left MSNBC and has gone on to work in a number of high-profile media positions. MSNBC declined to comment on whether the employee left because of Matthews or whether this was the only claim in Matthews’ history at the company.