Mark Halperin, the NBC analyst who co-authored the 2008 book “Game Change,” has been fired after at least 5 women accused him of sexual harassment.
“We find the story and the allegations very troubling. Mark Halperin is leaving his role as a contributor until the questions around his past conduct are fully understood,” an NBC spokesperson said in a statement.
A book and a movie deal based on the 2016 election are also being shelved.
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The powerful journalist’s alleged behavior occured while he was at ABC News, according to CNN, which said the five women’s complaints were corroborated by others who did not personally experience the harassment.
Halperin allegedly grabbed a woman’s breasts without consent and pressed his clothed, erect penis against three of his co-workers.
The “Morning Joe” regular denied those allegations, according to CNN, but did not specifically deny the women’s accusations that he had propositioned them for sex.
Halperin admited to CNN Wednesday night that his conduct was inappropriate, and he said he would take time away from his role as a senior political analyst at NBC and MSNBC.
“During this period, I did pursue relationships with women that I worked with, including some junior to me,” Halperin told CNN. “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.”
Condemnation was swift across social media.
Halperin was the one voice left on “Morning Joe” who occasionally stuck up for Trump. Could this be a set-up to get him out and bring in another DNC apologist?