Chris Matthews is admitting to behavior.
The former MSNBC Hardball host spoke out for the first time since retiring amid sexual harassment allegations in an interview with Vanity Fair.
In the interview, he said he was “inappropriate” and found the accuser’s story “very credible.”
“I didn’t argue about it, I didn’t deny it,” he said of journalist Laura Bassett‘s claims.
“I accepted the credibility of the complaint in the article. I didn’t want to challenge the person that made the complaint and wrote the article. I thought it was very credible and certainly within the person’s rights to write that article, of course. That was highly justified. Basically, as I said, to repeat myself, it’s inappropriate in the workplace to compliment somebody on their appearance, this is in the makeup chair, and I did it,” he said.
Laura wrote that she was harassed in an uncomfortable 2016 encounter, in which he reportedly said “Why haven’t I fallen in love with you yet?” to her in a makeup chair.