Published: Sat, October 28, 2017
Tech | By Constance Martin

HBO halts plans to develop Mark Halperin book into movie

HBO halts plans to develop Mark Halperin book into movie

CNN reported Wednesday that five women had come forward accusing the journalist, who has co-written several books about recent elections and contributes to the Showtime series "The Circus", of sexual harassment in incidents ranging from propositioning them for sex to kissing to grabbing one's breasts against her will. CNN did not name the accusers.

Halperin's alleged history of sexual harassment in the workplace reportedly began when he was working at ABC News, his employer from 1988 to 2007, where he moved up the ranks from desk assistant to political director.

Halperin apologized for his conduct in a statement on Wednesday, and said that he is pulling back from his day-to-day work "while I properly deal with this situation". "I now understand from these accounts that my behavior was inappropriate and caused others pain".

Three of the woman allege that Halperin, who is now a senior political analyst for MSNBC and Bloomberg, pressed his erect penis against their bodies while he was clothed.

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"CNN is reporting allegations regarding our friend Mark Halperin over a decade ago, unnamed sources detailing unwanted advances and inappropriate behavior", Mika Brzezinski said.

Halperin, 52, is accused of groping multiple women, and pressing his genitals against them without consent. Following the news, other women also revealed similar experiences. Three women said Halperin pressed up against them while having an erection.

Halperin is the latest figure to face sexual harassment allegations after dozens of women spoke out against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. They have also chosen to remain anonymous out of embarrassment over what happened to them, and to protect themselves against Halperin's influence in politics and media.

Halperin's bestselling book about the 2008 election, "Game Change", was adapted by HBO into a film starring Julianne Moore and Ed Harris. I'm sure we will be talking about it again when we know more about it.

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