NBC Fires Mark Halperin After Sexual Harassment Allegations; Behavior Was ‘Open Secret’ At ABC

Thursday, October 26, 2017
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Oct 26, 2017

The heated national exchange about the prevalence of sexual assault and harassment in the entertainment and media industries took another unexpected, but not altogether unsurprising, turn Thursday when CNN reported that veteran political journalist and “Game Change” author Mark Halperin has been accused of sexual harassment by no fewer than five women with whom he worked during his tenure as the director of political coverage at ABC News.

Halperin acknowledged the accusations in a statement to CNN, saying he didn’t understand at the time that his behavior was inappropriate.

“During this period, I did pursue relationships with women that I worked with, including some junior to me,” Halperin said in a statement to CNN Wednesday night.

“I now understand from these accounts that my behavior was inappropriate and caused others pain. For that, I am deeply sorry and I apologize. Under the circumstances, I’m going to take a step back from my day-to-day work while I properly deal with this situation.”

Because of the accusations, NBC said it was suspending Halperin from his main gig as an analyst at NBC News, where he would make frequent guest appearances on “Morning Joe.”

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