Five women have accused journalist Mark Halperin of sexual harassment while he was in a powerful position at ABC News. Others, who did not experience the abuse personally but were aware of it, also came forward. "During this period, I did pursue relationships with women that I worked with, including some junior to me," Mark said in a statement to CNN. "I now understand from these accounts that my behavior was inappropriate and caused others pain. 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."
Mark — who often makes appearances on MSNBC's Morning Joe — will be stepping down from his roles at the network. "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."
The accusations come at a tumultuous time in Hollywood. People have been coming forward with their stories of sexual abuse on social media using #metoo. The hashtag, which appeared in light of allegations of sexual harassment and assault against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, invited victims to share a message of solidarity with just two words. It has netted 1.7 million tweets in 85 different countries since it appeared on actor Alyssa Milano’s Twitter on Oct. 15. Get to know more about Mark below:
Who is Mark Halperin?
Mark is an author and senior political analyst for MSNBC and Bloomberg Television as well as contributor and former co-managing editor of Bloomberg Politics. He is the co-author of Game Change and Double Down: Game Change 2012.
He started out as a desk assistant for ABC News and was a researcher for World News Tonight in 1988. After that, he worked in the investigative unit of World News Tonight and as an assignment reporter in Washington. He then worked full-time as an off-air producer covering Bill Clinton. In 1994, he was promoted to a producer with ABC's special events unit in New York. Later, he worked as an editorial producer.
Is he married?
Mark isn't married, however, he is currently in live-in a relationship with Karen Avrich. The couple welcomed their first child in January 2017.
Where did he go to school?
The 52-year-old attended Whit Whitman High School. During the summer of 1982, he lived with a family in Japan as part of the Youth for Understanding program, and in 1987, he received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University.
What's his net worth?
He's reportedly worth $30 million and has an annual income of $4 million.
Journalist Ken Klippenstein said it best when he wrote on Twitter, "Suspected Mark Halperin was a sociopath ever since he tweeted this." TBH, we agree.
suspected Mark Halperin was a sociopath ever since he tweeted this https://t.co/2P5MoKGkrk— Ken Klippenstein (@kenklippenstein) October 26, 2017