As Bassett was preparing to join Matthews on the air, the “Hardball” host allegedly said to her: “Why haven’t I fallen in love with you yet?”
Matthews is then alleged to have turned to the makeup artist and told her: “Keep putting makeup on her, I’ll fall in love with her.”
Weeks after Matthews resigned, he told Vanity Fair that he found Bassett’s allegations “very credible.”
“I didn’t argue about it, I didn’t deny it,” he is quoted as saying.
Upon resigning, Matthews addressed the controversy, which was part of the #MeToo wave of harassment complaints against powerful men in media, Hollywood and other industries.
“A lot of it has to do with how we talk to each other, compliments on a woman’s appearance, that some men, including me, might have once incorrectly thought were OK, were never OK,” Matthews said.
Matthews appeared on MSNBC last year with host Andrea Mitchell to plug his book, “This Country: My Life in Politics and History,” and to comment on the Jan. 6 riot. He was a former Capitol police officer.