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Analyst Halperin Leaving NBC, MSNBC Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

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Round and round and round we go. Where it stops, nobody knows.

NBC and MSNBC analyst Mark Halperin has been accused of sexual harassment by five women who say Halperin abused his “powerful position” while he was at ABC News, according to CNN.

According to CNN:

…women who spoke to CNN say he also had a dark side not made public until now. The stories of harassment shared with CNN range in nature from propositioning employees for sex to kissing and grabbing one's breasts against her will. Three of the women who spoke to CNN 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.

The women who worked with Halperin and who spoke with CNN did not report to Halperin. However, Halperin made many decisions about political coverage at ABC News, and had a voice in some critical personnel decisions. None of the women have said, though, that he ever promised anything in exchange for sex, or suggested that he would retaliate against anyone.

The CNN report said that all five women spoke under the condition of anonymity.

“Mark left ABC News over a decade ago, and no complaints were filed during his tenure," ABC News said in a statement provided to CNN.

Both MSNBC and NBC have acted immediately in removing Halperin from all broadcasts while the details of these allegations come to light.

“We find the story and the allegations very troubling," MSNBC said in a statement. "Mark Halperin is leaving his role as a contributor until the questions around his past conduct are fully understood.”

H/T: Fox News

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