Mark Halperin Sexual Harassment Was 'Open Secret'

Mark Halperin Sexual Harassment Was 'Open Secret'

Summary: Political analyst Mark Halperin has been accused of sexual harassment while at ABC News.

The five unidentified women who spoke with CNN say the alleged harassment occurred while Halperin was working as the political director of ABC News. The political commentator is now an analyst for NBC News and Bloomberg Television, makes appearances on MSNBC's Morning Joe segment, and is now developing a project with HBO. NBC said that they found Halperin's conduct "very troubling" and that he would be leaving his role "until the questions about his past conduct are fully understood".

In response to the report, Mika Brzezinski stated on air, "CNN is reporting allegations regarding our friend Mark Halperin during his time at ABC News over a decade ago". "Brave of these women to speak up". None of the women said Halperin ever promised things in exchange for sex, nor threatened retribution for rejection. Three sources said that he pressed his erection against women's bodies without their consent.

Established journalist Mark Halperin has been accused of sexual harassment while he was at ABC News.

"I went up to have a soda and talk and - he just kissed me and grabbed my boobs", another accuser said. "I didn't know what to do". He left the network to become one of the most prominent political journalists in the country, appearing frequently on television and co-writing the best-seller "Game Change" with John Heilemann about the 2008 presidential campaign, which was made into a HBO film.

"During this period, I did pursue relationships with women that I worked with, including some junior to me", said Halperin in a statement to CNN. "I now understand from these accounts that my behavior was inappropriate and caused others pain", Halperin said.

Still, while they no longer work with him, Halperin continues to wield influence in politics and media.

Halperin, the co-author of the best-selling book "Game Change", told CNN Wednesday night that he's "deeply sorry" and is taking a "step back" from day-to-day work to deal with the situation. Halperin denies grabbing a woman's breasts and pressing his genitals against the three women. "This will explain why so many of you asked why he attacked me on live TV", Miller tweeted.