'Game Change' Co-Author Mark Halperin Accused of Sexual Harassment by 5 Women

Calvin Saunders
October 27, 2017

Author and political analyst Mark Halperin has been accused of sexual harassment by five women and will no longer be appearing on NBC in the meantime, the network announced on Thursday. 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.

The network said Thursday it found Halperin's conduct as described in a CNN story "very troubling" and that the veteran political reporter will be off the air until questions about his past are fully understood.

Halperin, who is a regular on "Morning Joe", is accused of making advances on numerous women while he worked at ABC, according to a Wednesday night report from CNN.

One of the women said when she "went up to have a soda and talk and... he just kissed me and grabbed my boobs", adding: "I just froze".

"The first meeting I ever had with him was in his office and he just came up from behind - I was sitting in a chair from across his desk - and he came up behind me and [while he was clothed] he pressed his body on mine, his penis, on my shoulder", one woman told CNN.

Halperin apologized for his conduct in a statement on Wednesday, and said that he is pulling back from his day-to-day work "while I properly deal with this situation". "I was obviously completely shocked". They said they did not report Halperin.

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Three other women shared stories of being propositioned or groped, and Halperin allegedly exhibited this type of behavior from the 1990s to the mid-2000s.

Halperin was political director at ABC News from 1997 to 2007.

Halperin denied to CNN that he grabbed a woman's breast and pressed his genitals against others. "I now understand from these accounts that my behavior was inappropriate and caused others pain", Halperin said.

Halperin co-hosted a political analysis show on Bloomberg TV, and produced and was featured in Showtime's The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth, which followed presidential candidates during their 2016 election campaigns.

"For that, I am deeply sorry and I apologize". We are going to be following this story as it develops.

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