5 women accuse NBC News analyst Mark Halperin of sexual harassment

5 women accuse NBC News analyst Mark Halperin of sexual harassment

5 women accuse NBC News analyst Mark Halperin of sexual harassment

Following a Wednesday evening report that detailed five allegations of sexual harassment against NBC News and MSNBC senior political analyst Mark Halperin, the network is severing ties with him, at least for now.

He added that he would be leaving his political analyst role at MSNBC, NBC due to the scandal.

Halperin's alleged history of sexual harassment in the workplace reportedly began when he was working at ABC News, his employer from 1988 to 2007, where he moved up the ranks from desk assistant to political director. All of the women, former coworkers of Halperin at ABC News, said they did not report these incidents out of fear of retribution.

"During this period, I did pursue relationships with women that I worked with, including some junior to me", Halperin said in a statement on Wednesday night. ABC claimed that no complaints were filed against Halperin.

Halperin, 52, is now a contributor to MSNBC and frequently appears on "Morning Joe" with former Republican Rep. Joe Scarborough (FL).

Another woman shared a similar account, saying she was seated in his office when he approached from behind and "pressed his body on mine, his penis, on my shoulder", she told CNN.

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None of the women complained to ABC's human resources department about his behavior, according to the report.

On Thursday morning, MSNBC said in a statement, "We find the story and the allegations very troubling".

HBO said Thursday that it is spiking plans for a miniseries based on an upcoming book about the 2016 presidential election by Halperin and John Heilemann. "Eventually I would just ignore him and go about my business".

ABC News declined to comment, as did NBC News, which is not involved with these allegations but now employs Halperin as a contributor.

Halperin, 52, is accused of groping multiple women, and pressing his genitals against them without consent. "Under the circumstances, I'm going to take a step back from my day-to-day work while I properly deal with this situation".

Halperin denied to CNN that he grabbed a woman's breast and pressed his genitals against others. "This will explain why so many of you asked why he attacked me on live TV", Miller tweeted.

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