The co-author of the book named “Game Change” which was based on the presidential election of 2008 and a popular veteran journalist Mark Halperin has been accused of sexual assault by several women.
According to the report of CNN, the multiple women accused him of sexual harassment while Halperin worked at ABC News. While worked at the powerful position at ABC, he propositioned employees, five women told CNN’s Oliver Darcy. According to three women among those five, Halperin pressed his genitals against them, they were clothed at that time while one woman accused that her breast was grabbed by Halperin that against her will.
However, all such allegations have been denied by Halperin to CNN.
In a statement on Wednesday, Halperin told CNN, “During this period, I did pursue relationships with women that I worked with, including some junior to me.” He said in his statement, “I now understand from these accounts that my behavior was inappropriate and caused others pain. For that, I am deeply sorry and I apologize.”
He continued: “Under the circumstances, I’m going to take a step back from my day-to-day work while I properly deal with this situation.”
The 52-year old Halperin worked at several senior positions at many big news outlets including ABC News and presently working as NBC News and MSNBC’s senior political analyst. HBO film was based on “Game Change” the book co-written by Halperin, the film hit the theaters after two years of a book published, the former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin role played by Julianne Moore in the film.
The women accused Halperin of sexual harassment, the women asked CNN to not reveal their identities. However, the women did not report again Halperin to ABC News management because of the fear of retribution. The women never told the prestigious news outlet management (ABC) that veteran journalist threatened to retaliate against those women while he worked at ABC News and promised them to give anything in exchange for making physical relations.
In a statement, ABC News told CNN, “Mark left ABC News over a decade ago, and no complaints were filed during his tenure.”