Five Women Accuse Journalist Mark Halperin of Sexual Harassment; Vividly Detail Grinding of ABC News Boss

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Women said veteran journalist Mark Halperin had a dark side and sexually harassed them while he was in a powerful position at ABC News, according to five women who shared their previously undisclosed accounts.

But women say he also had a dark side not made public until now. The stories of harassment shared range in nature from propositioning employees for sex to kissing and grabbing one’s breasts against her will. Three of the women who spoke described Halperin as, without consent, pressing an erection against their bodies while he was clothed. Halperin denies grabbing a woman’s breasts and pressing his genitals against the three women.

“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.”

Widely considered to be one of the preeminent political journalists, Halperin, 52, has, among other career highlights, been political director at ABC News; co-authored the bestselling book “Game Change,” which was made into an HBO movie starring Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin; and anchored a television show on Bloomberg TV. He currently serves as an analyst for NBC News, making frequent appearances on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” and is featured in Showtime’s “The Circus,” a show that chronicled the 2016 campaign cycle and the early days of the Trump presidency, and has a project in development with HBO, which, like CNN, is owned by Time Warner.

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