Transcript for Political analyst Mark Halperin faces new sexual harassment allegations
In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal stories of sexual harassment and assault have spread from corporate world and journalism. A third woman came forward with groping allegations against former president George H.W. Bush. He's now apologized and mark Halperin is facing new public accusers and fallout. ABC's linsey Davis is here with the latest. Reporter: A one-two punch for Halperin. The book he was working on about the 2016 election, canceled. And not only the book publisher but HBO is pulling the plug on a project they were planning with him. MSNBC is announcing mark Halperin will no longer be appearing on the network after at least five women have come forward alleging sexual harassment when the "Game change" author was political director at ABC news in the late '90s, the women all in their 20s shared stories of Halperin propositioning them for sex, making unwanted sexual demands and pressing himself against them. More are coming forward saying they knew about it or experienced it about it themselves. Diana Goldberg told "The Washington post" she reached out to Halperin for help with a story but says he would only help her if she sat on his lap. ABC news says mark left ABC news over a decade ago and no complaints were filed during his tenure. But the women say his high position at the network stopped them from coming forward. CNN senior correspondent Clarissa ward called his behavior an open secret. When she was an international reporter at the network from 2007 to 2010 and tweeted out as if most of us at that age aren't just trying to be seen as competent equals with a bright future ahead and not a potential hr headache. Let's be very clear. The one responsible for any sexual misconduct that may have taken place is the man who instigated it. Halperin put out a statement saying he did pursue relationships with women during his time at ABC news and says I now understand from these accounts that my behavior was inappropriate and caused others pain. For that I am deeply sorry and I apologize and, Amy, he says he's taking a step many back from his day-to-day operations and will focus on this situation.
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