A CNN report on Thursday revealed that five women have accused MSNBC and Bloomberg senior analyst, author, and frequent “Morning Joe” panelist Mark Halperin of sexually harassing them. As a result, NBC revealed that Halperin has left his role as a contributor on the network.
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- Halperin, author of the 2010 book “Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime,” reportedly sexually harassed five women while at ABC News — where he was political director from 1997 to 2007.
- Halperin told CNN in a statement that he was “deeply sorry” and noted that he would be taking a “step back” to address the circumstance.
- Halperin said, “During this period, I did pursue relationships with women that I worked with, including some junior to me. I now understand from these accounts that my behavior was inappropriate and caused others pain.”
- The allegations against Halperin include various types of unwanted advances, including kissing women without their consent, grinding his genitals up against women, propositioning women for sex, and grabbing a woman’s breast.
- CNN’s report added that none of the women reported the incidents to management at the time.
- “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski addressed the allegations on the show Thursday: “Now to a story that broke overnight involving someone you see around this table every day. CNN is reporting allegations regarding our friend Mark Halperin during his time at ABC News over a decade ago, unnamed sources detailing unwanted advances and inappropriate behavior. … We are going to be following this story as it develops I’m sure we are going to be talking about it again when we know more about it.”
- MSNBC in a statement revealed that they find the allegations “very troubling,” and that Halperin is “leaving his role as a contributor until the questions around his past conduct are fully understood.”
- ABC News in a statement told CNN, “Mark left ABC News over a decade ago, and no complaints were filed during his tenure.”
This is a developing story and will be updated as events warrant.