by Gina Cassini | Top Right News
First it was “HarveyWood”..with dozens of women accusing Harvey Weinstein and other liberal Hollywood executives of sexual harassment and assault.
Now five women are accusing one of the most powerful journalists in the news business — liberal Mark Halperin, of horrifying sexual violations.
Halperin is former Political Director for ABC News, a frequent contributor on CNN, ABC, NPR and MSNBC, and is also the bestselling co-author of “Game Change,” which relentlessly bashed Sarah Palin and Republicans after the 2008 election.
Is “Big Journalism” about to see a tsunami of sexual revelations of the kind that has brought Hollywood to its knees?
Veteran journalist Mark Halperin sexually harassed women while he was in a powerful position at ABC News, according to five women who shared their previously undisclosed accounts with CNN and others who did not experience the alleged harassment personally, but were aware of it.
Widely considered to be one of the preeminent political journalists, Halperin, 52, has, among other career highlights, been political director at ABC News; co-authored the bestselling book “Game Change,” which was made into an HBO movie starring Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin….
But 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.
In a statement, Halperin admitted, carefully, the allegations through his attorney:
“During this period, I did pursue relationships with women that I worked with, including some junior to me,” Halperin said in a statement to CNN Wednesday night. “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.”
Um, so he NOW understands that pressing his erection against the bodies of women who worked for him was inappropriate? Seriously?
Sounding just like Harvey Weinstein, Halperin went wild with subordinates, often in his first meetings with them:
The first woman told CNN she was invited to visit his office in the early 2000s, when he was political director at ABC News, to have a soda, and said that while she was there with him he forcibly kissed her and pressed his genitals against her body.
“I went up to have a soda and talk and — he just kissed me and grabbed my boobs,” the woman said. “I just froze. I didn’t know what to do.”
When she did make her way out of his office, the woman told a friend at ABC News what had happened. That friend told CNN she remembered the woman telling her about the incident and seeing her visibly shaken.
The second woman, another former ABC News employee, described a similar experience in his office during the 2004 campaign cycle. This woman said she was around 25 years old then, and wanted to be a “campaign off-air” — ABC News’ term for one of the reporters who travel embedded with presidential campaigns — so she reached out to Halperin, who was a part of the decision-making process regarding those assignments at the time.
“The first meeting I ever had with him was in his office and he just came up from behind — I was sitting in a chair from across his desk — and he came up behind me and [while he was clothed] he pressed his body on mine, his penis, on my shoulder,” this woman told CNN. “I was obviously completely shocked. I can’t even remember how I got out of there — [but] I got out of there and was freaked out by that whole experience. Given I was so young and new I wasn’t sure if that was the sort of thing that was expected of you if you wanted something from a male figure in news.”
Yep…liberal hypocrites who falsely accuse conservatives of “misogyny” fully expect women to submit to disgusting sexual advances as part of their job description.
The woman said Halperin continued to express a sexual desire for her in subsequent visits, despite being rebuffed.
Just like Harvey.
The stories of sexual terror inflicted by Halperin go on and on in disgusting detail.
A third woman, also a former ABC News employee, told CNN she was on the road with Halperin when he propositioned her.
“I excused myself to go to the bathroom and he was standing there when I opened the door propositioning [me] to go into the other bathroom to do something,” she said. “It freaked me out. I came out of the ladies’ room and he was just standing there. Like almost blocking the door.”
A fourth woman who worked with Halperin and was junior to him told CNN he once asked her late at night on the campaign trail to go up to his hotel room with him, and that she believed him to be propositioning her. She declined.
The fifth woman who spoke to CNN was not an ABC News employee at the time of the incident she alleges. She was not comfortable sharing specifics of her story for publication, but said Halperin, while clothed, placed his erect penis against her body without consent.
Will this unleash a torrent of revelations about other powerful liberal journalists in the coming days? Stay tuned.