MSNBC Political Analyst Accused Of Harassing 5 Women, Quits Job After Apology

by Dwayne Torres October 27, 2017, 0:13
MSNBC Political Analyst Accused Of Harassing 5 Women, Quits Job After Apology

Author and political analyst Mark Halperin has been accused of sexual harassment by five women and will no longer be appearing on NBC in the meantime, the network announced on Thursday.

The co-author of the bestselling book "Game Change" told CNN Wednesday night that he's "deeply sorry" and is taking a "step back" from day-to-day work to deal with the situation.

"We find the story and the allegations very troubling", an MSNBC spokesperson said in a statement provided to BuzzFeed News.

The women who worked with Halperin and who spoke with CNN did not report to Halperin.

But Halperin released a statement to CNN Wednesday, saying, "During this period, I did pursue relationships with women that I worked with, including some junior to me".

Established journalist Mark Halperin has been accused of sexual harassment while he was at ABC News.

Currently, Mark Halperin works as an analyst for NBC News, where he makes frequent appearances on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" and is featured in Showtime's "The Circus". The women who spoke to CNN said it was for this reason that they shared their accounts on the condition of anonymity.

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"We're going to be following this story as it develops", she said.

The allegations include sexual overtures to lower-ranking employees, kissing without consent and grinding up against three women while pressing an erection against them.

"According to one of the women, "[Halperin] would say, 'Why don't you meet me upstairs?' And I would say, 'That's not a good idea.' And he would push the request further.

HBO said Thursday that it is spiking plans for a miniseries based on an upcoming book about the 2016 presidential election by Halperin and John Heilemann.

She gave no details of her alleged incident, but tweeted that she did not report Halperin to ABC "because I thought I was the only one, and I blamed myself, and I was embarrassed and I was scared of him".

In a statement to CNN, ABC News said that they did not receive complaints about Halperin during his time working there. "I just froze. I didn't know what to do".

Halperin denied to CNN that he grabbed a woman's breast and pressed his genitals against others.


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