Drudge is giving this Daily Caller story HUGE RED PIXEL play but the allegation against Chris Matthews isn't so bad. Juvenile jokes in 1999 seems to be the gist:
NBC Made Payment To Staffer After Sexual Harassment Claim Against Chris Matthews
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 matter, the network concluded that the comments were inappropriate and juvenile but were not intended to be taken as propositions.
If that is as bad as it gets Matthews ought to be fine.
FWIW, at one of my previous employers back in the 90's it seemed that every woman who was dismissed in the latest round of right-sizings collected on a harrassment claim. Mainly because senior management made caveman jokes - the rumor mill was never hot with Matt Lauer type stories.