He's Fired! Mark Halperin Dismissed By NBC and MSNBC After Sexual Harassment Allegations
Mark Halperin, an American political journalist, author and a former senior political analyst has now been fired from NBC and MSNBC after receiving numerous sexual harassment allegations.
His contract with NBC News ended on Monday, after at least a dozen of women reported that Halperin made them feel uncomfortable at ABC News; where he previously served as a political director. The report claimed that Mark harrassed women with unwanted kissing, touching and grabbing their breasts.
According to LAtimes, Halperin's allegations started coming forth after former Weinstein Co. Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein had sexual accusations upon him, which later inspired other women to share their harassment stories.
Betsy West, a former ABC News executive at the Columbia University School of Journalism, said,
“A lot of women have been talking about it and remembering incidents that we have tried to forget in the past. It’s possible that other people might come forward.”
Additionally, Eleanor McManus, a journalist and former senior producer at CNN, shared her experience on NBC's "Megyn Kelly Today" show that she met Halperin at his office for career advice but, the experience turned out to be uncomfortable, followed by attempts for kisses and more. She said,
“At one point, I felt a bit too uncomfortable, and I stood up to thank him for the meeting. That’s when he leaned in, tried to kiss me, and attempted to do a bit more. I didn’t want to offend the man in charge of political programming at ABC News, and I tried to be courteous and apologetic, and practically ran out of the office.”
Eleanor further disclosed she felt guilty thinking it was her own fault for not raising her voice, which provoked Halperin to continue his behavior with more women. Meanwhile, more reports claim that Halperin masturbated in front of an employee at ABC news with clothes on and pressed his private parts against other women.
Caption: Eleanor McManus Speaks About Alleged Sexual Harassment.
Published on Oct 30, 2017
However, David Westin, who was a president of ABC News from 1997 to 2010, stated that no complaints were filed against Halperin when he served at the network. He said,
"During my time at ABC News, we vigorously pursued any allegation of sexual harassment involving our employees, investigating it promptly and taking action whenever warranted. No complaint, formal or informal, concerning his actions ever came to me."
While Halperin's allegations keep rising one on top of the another, he, on the other hand, has denied some of those blames. However, he has passed apologies for his conduct in a statement he uploaded on Twitter on October 27.
Please read my statement below. pic.twitter.com/8ld8k8DC6O— Mark Halperin (@MarkHalperin) October 27, 2017
Nevertheless, Halperin's reputation has been in jeopardy with such accusations, along with canceled deals with Penguin Press for a co-authored book about the 2016 election. Likewise, HBO has also canceled his deal of his planned TV adaption of the book, saying,
“HBO has no tolerance for sexual harassment within the company or its productions.”
Meanwhile, the network 'Showtime,' where Mark worked as a news presenter for the political docu-drama series "The Circus," revealed it is "reevaluating" its relationship with Halperin. Later on, the network disclosed Mark wouldn't have a comeback, although the series might!