Add the MSNBC anchor to the list of top media personalities being accused of sexual harassment, with NBC confirming that a separation-related payment was made to one of Matthews' female employees, according to The Daily Caller.
An NBC spokesperson told The Daily Caller that the network paid a smaller, unspecified amount as part of a severance package.
The story was first reported yesterday by conservative website The Daily Caller, with the Caller putting the woman's separation compensation at $40,000 - a figure the website said was disputed by an MSNBC spokesperson as significantly too high.
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.
Matthews was formally reprimanded, but an NBC spokesperson told Politico that though Matthews' comments were deemed inappropriate, they were not sexual propositions.
"Inappropriate comments and jokes" should not be on the same spectrum as rape, but the current hysteria conflates anything that some woman didn't like with the most vile of sex crimes.
The longtime host of the political talk show "Hardball with Chris Matthews" is the latest in a series of powerful men in US media, entertainment and politics to have been accused of sexual misconduct or inappropriate behavior.
Representatives for Matthews, 72, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
He is the latest in a string of high-profile men in media to be accused of sexual misconduct, particularly at NBC.
Additional women accused Lauer of sexual harassment and assault, and some insisted that executives at the network knew about his behavior.