MSNBC's Chris Matthews was reprimanded over comments about woman in 1999

A former NBC employee received compensation after accusing Chris Matthews of sexual harassment

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. However, they did say that the company paid the woman "significantly less as part of a severance package" and confirmed an incident occurred.

The Daily Caller, citing two sources familiar with the situation, first reported the news of the payment which it said was made by Matthews to settle with what it said was an assistant producer on his show "Hardball with Chris Matthews" in 1999.

It is not clear whether Matthews' accuser left the company as a result of the allegations, although she has consequently 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.

NBC News in November fired Matt Lauer as host of the "Today" show amid allegations of misconduct, and CBS, PBS and Bloomberg fired Charlie Rose the same month amid allegations of sexual misconduct and unwanted advances. News later published an acknowledgment that executives reprimanded Matthews after an internal review, which found that his remarks "were inappropriate and in made in poor taste but were never meant as propositions".

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Representatives for Matthews, 72, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The report about the accusation also comes amid a broader movement of women speaking out about sexual harassment in Hollywood, politics and other fields.

Matthews has been on "Hardball" since 1997, and the title comes from a book that he wrote in 1988, NBC reported.

And in October, MSNBC political analyst Mark Halperin was nudged out after several women accused him of sexual harassment while he was political director at ABC News.

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