NBC Information senior political analyst Mark Halperin has been suspended by the community after a number of ladies accused him of sexual harassment.
“We discover the story and the allegations very troubling,” NBC stated in an announcement to CNN on Thursday, October 26. “Mark Halperin is leaving his position as a contributor till the questions round his previous conduct are absolutely understood.”
Hours earlier than the information of his suspension, 5 ladies claimed to CNN that Halperin, 52, sexually harassed them whereas he was the political director at ABC Information within the early 2000s. The ladies, who requested to stay nameless, shared a sequence of damning tales in regards to the journalist, claiming that he propositioned workers for intercourse, kissed and grabbed one girl’s breast in opposition to her will and pressed an erection in opposition to three of the ladies’s our bodies with out consent.
The ladies instructed the outlet that they didn’t report the alleged encounters till now as a result of they feared retribution or had been embarrassed about what occurred. Halperin has denied the allegations.
“Throughout this era, I did pursue relationships with ladies that I labored with, together with some junior to me,” he stated in an announcement to CNN on Wednesday, October 25. “I now perceive from these accounts that my habits was inappropriate and induced others ache. For that, I’m deeply sorry and I apologize. Below the circumstances, I’m going to take a step again from my day-to-day work whereas I correctly cope with this case.”
ABC Information added that Halperin left the community greater than a decade in the past, and “no complaints had been filed throughout his tenure.”
The Recreation Change creator labored at ABC Information from the late 1980s to 2007. He later labored for Time journal and Bloomberg earlier than becoming a member of NBC Information and MSNBC. On Thursday’s episode of Morning Joe, cohost Mika Brzezinski addressed the absence of present common Halperin, calling him “our pal” and assuring viewers that the community would proceed to comply with the story “because it develops.”
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