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NBC fires Mark Halperin following sexual harassment allegations

Mark Halperin has been fired in the wake of sexual harassment allegations, CNN reported Monday. At least one dozen women have reportedly accused Halperin of sexual harassment or assault when he was at ABC News. (2016 file photo/Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

NBC News and MSNBC fired journalist Mark Halperin in the wake of sexual harassment allegations, CNN reported Monday.

What happened?

According to the report, at least one dozen women have accused Halperin of sexual harassment or assault when he was the political director at ABC News.

An MSNBC spokesman told CNN on Monday that Halperin — previously an NBC News senior political analyst and an MSNBC contributor — was terminated by the network. NBC initially suspended Halperin following reports about the allegations.

NBC was just the latest media company to cut ties with Halperin due to the allegations. A spokesperson for Showtime said last week Halperin would not return to the political show, "The Circus," if a new season is ordered. Penguin Press dropped a book about the 2016 election that would have been co-authored by Halperin, and HBO canceled a miniseries that would have been based on that book.

What did Halperin say?

In a statement posted on Twitter last week, Halperin apologized for his "aggressive and crude" behavior.

"In recent days I have closely read the accounts of women with whom I worked at ABC News,” Halperin said in part. “In almost every case, I have recognized conduct for which I feel profound guilt and responsibility, some involving junior ABC News personnel and women just starting out in the news business.”

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