The hits keep coming against creepy journalist and TV personalities who abuse women. And now, it’s Chris Matthews’ turn. The always angry MSNBC host was rocked by allegations that a former employee was paid $40,000 to settle a sexual harassment case against him.
The Daily Caller reports:
“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.”
Usually, where there is smoke there’s fire. So it’s probably that this is a pattern of behavior.
But on the other hand, everyone is entitled to due process. Some argue that people accused of such things are being unfairly punished before they get a chance to defend themselves.
So many people are being fired or forced to resign over sexual harassment claims. Should Chris Matthews be fired? What do you think?