MSNBC political analyst Mark Halperin has been dismissed from the network after five women came forward to accuse him of sexual harassment.
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. While he was one of the most respected political reporters on television and boasted an impressive resume, his former co-workers described a much different character when the cameras were off. One woman said that when Halperin was ABC’s political director, she went to his office, where “he just kissed [her] and grabbed [her] boobs.” Another recalled her first meeting with Halperin in his office, during which he “pressed his body on [hers], his penis, on [her] shoulder.”
On Thursday morning, MSNBC said in a statement, “We find the story and the allegations very troubling,” and announced, “Mark Halperin is leaving his role as a contributor until the questions around 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. Unnamed sources detailing unwanted advances and inappropriate behavior … We are going to be following this story as it develops. I’m sure we’ll be talking about it again when we know more about it.” ABC claimed that no complaints were filed against Halperin.
I did pursue relationships with women that I worked with, including some junior to me … 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.