TV host Matthews was reprimanded after woman's 1999 complaint

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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.

Matthews didn't respond to a request for comment from Fox News. Matthews has hosted Hardball since 1997, and hosted The Chris Matthews Show from 2002 to 2013. 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.

The claim against Matthews, right, happened in 1999 when his show was on CNBC.

MSNBC did not identify the employee or describe her role at the network.

The incident was reviewed and Matthews was formally reprimanded for comments that were deemed inappropriate and juvenile, based on discussions with individuals involved in the matter.


An MSNBC spokesperson, in a statement to HuffPost on Sunday, confirmed that a complaint was made against Matthews, now 72, to CNBC executives at the time.

The Daily Caller first reported the allegations on Saturday. Likewise Lauer, a longtime NBC host of "The Today Show", was sacked after a series of women alleged that he had made unwanted advances, lewd suggestions, and other hostile actions while at work.

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 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.

Halperin, a former NBC commentator and author, was sacked in October after numerous women and fellow employees came forth with sexual assault allegations of groping and other unwanted physical contact.

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