Mark Halperin, veteran journalist and political analyst for MSNBC and Bloomberg TV is leaving MSNBC after being accused by five women of sexual harassment, CNN reported. MSNBC announced early Thursday that Halperin — who frequently appears on their program “Morning Joe” — was leaving the network.
“During this period, I did pursue relationships with women that I worked with, including some junior to me,” Halperin said in a statement to CNN Wednesday night. “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.”
Women who spoke to CNN accused Halperin of propositioning them for sex and grabbing their breasts. Three women accuse him of pressing his genitals against them while fully clothed.
The accusations all date back to Halperin’s time at ABC, when he was political director for the network. He had a say in personnel decisions and had influence over political coverage. Some of the women said they did not speak out because they feared risking their careers.
Halperin, 52, is the author of “Game Change,” a book about the 2008 presidential race which was made into a movie starring Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin, and is a former editor of Bloomberg News.