27 October, 2017
Longtime political journalist Mark Halperin is out at MSBNC following accusations that he sexually harassed five women while head of ABC News. NBC said that they found Halperin's conduct "very troubling" and that he would be leaving his role "until the questions about his past conduct are fully understood".
According to a CNN investigation, the women's allegations range from being propositioned by Halperin for sex, to nonconsensual kissing and breast grabbing.
"The first meeting I ever had with him was in his office and he just came up from behind - I was sitting in a chair from across his desk - and he came up behind me and [while he was clothed] he pressed his body on mine, his penis, on my shoulder", the woman said.
"During this period, I did pursue relationships with women that I worked with, including some junior to me", he told CNN this Wednesday. "I was obviously completely shocked". All of the women, former coworkers of Halperin at ABC News, said they did not report these incidents out of fear of retribution.
Three other women shared stories of being propositioned or groped, and Halperin allegedly exhibited this type of behavior from the 1990s to the mid-2000s. Halperin denies grabbing a woman's breasts and pressing his genitals against the three women.
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Following this, the Veteran journalist Mark Halperin is now apologizing for his "inappropriate" behavior, after five women sexually reported a case against him.
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. "Halperin apologized for the pain his actions caused. we will be following this story as it develops".
CNN worldwide correspondent Clarissa Ward, who also used to work at ABC, tweeted that Halperin's behavior was "an open secret" at the network.
Halperin, who went on to work for Time magazine and Bloomberg also wrote "Game Change", a book about the 2008 presidential elections that was adapted into an HBO movie starring Julianne Moore and Woody Harrelson. "This will explain why so many of you asked why he attacked me on live TV", Miller tweeted.