HBO drops Mark Halperin project after sexual harassment allegations

HBO drops Mark Halperin project after sexual harassment allegations

Longtime political journalist Mark Halperin is out at MSBNC following accusations that he sexually harassed five women while head of ABC News. "Mark Halperin is leaving his role as a contributor until the questions around his past conduct are fully understood". "I just froze. I didn't know what to do".

These accusers have also been reaching out to authorities, with the Los Angeles Police Department fielding complaints ahead of a possible investigation and the Manhattan District Attorney's office encouraging women to contact the sex crimes hotline number.

The former ABC News employee went on to work with Halperin on the 2004 campaign trail and said he would continue to proposition her by asking, "Why don't you meet me upstairs?"

The women who worked with Halperin and who spoke with CNN did not report to Halperin.

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Halperin, 52, is accused of groping multiple women, and pressing his genitals against them without consent.

During his tenure at ABC News, Halperin authored a daily political news roundup called The Note, which became a must read in Washington and among political junkies, and a forerunner to media outlets use of digital newsletters.

By Thursday morning, Halperin, who regularly appears on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" and other NBC News programs, was on leave indefinitely. He denied some of the more lurid allegations in CNN's report but apologized for pursuing relationships with women that he worked with and any "inappropriate" behavior. "I now understand from these accounts that my behavior was inappropriate and caused others pain".

HBO canceled a miniseries Halperin was working on about presidential politics and his book publisher canceled plans to publish a sequel to "Game Change", which was made into an acclaimed HBO movie. 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", he added.