Veteran Political Journalist Mark Halperin Accused Of Sexual Harassment By Five Women

Journalist Mark Halperin is accused of sexually harassing five women: report

Longtime political journalist Mark Halperin is out at MSBNC following accusations that he sexually harassed five women while head of ABC News.

Early Thursday morning, CNN published an exclusive piece detailing that five women at ABC, where Halperin was employed until 2007, say that he acted inappropriately to some of the junior employees at the network. "I now understand from these accounts that my behavior was inappropriate and caused others pain. Under the circumstances, I'm going to take a step back from my day-to-day work while I properly deal with this situation", he added.

Halperin, 52, is now a contributor to MSNBC and frequently appears on "Morning Joe" with former Republican Rep. Joe Scarborough (FL).

Some of the women have also shared her unfortunate occurrence with the media.

ABC News stated that no complaints were ever filed against Halperin during his time there and that he had left the organization nearly ten years ago.

Ever since the Harvey Weinstein story exploded, new and previously unreported allegations of sexual harassment, assault and - in some cases - rape are being levied against powerful men in political and entertainment circles.

CNN global correspondent Clarissa Ward, who also used to work at ABC, tweeted that Halperin's behavior was "an open secret" at the network.

"We find the story and the allegations very troubling", an MSNBC spokesperson told the Washington Free Beacon in a statement.

The women told CNN that the 52-year-old reporter propositioned them for sex, grabbed their breasts and rubbed his erection on three of them.

In a statement, Halperin, whose 2010 book "Game Change" was made into an HBO movie starring Julianne Moore, admitted that his behavior was "inappropriate".

One woman said that Halperin had invited him into her office for a soda, and when she went there, he had forcibly kissed her before he pressed his clothed genitals against her body.

Some of the women recounted tales where after rebuffing or fleeing their first incident of harassment, Halperin would continue to sexually pursue them. "This will explain why so many of you asked why he attacked me on live TV", Miller tweeted. They also stated that no formal complaints were filed against him at ABC News.

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