Mark Halperin, the NBC and MSNBC analyst who co-authored the bestselling 2008 election postmortem “Game Change,” is leaving both networks after five women accused him of sexual harassment in a CNN report published Wednesday.
“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,” MSNBC told Fox News in a statement.
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.
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