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'Game Change' Co-Author Mark Halperin Accused of Sexual Harassment by 5 Women

The media veteran reportedly engaged in unwanted kissing and groping, among other offenses.

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CNN reports that five women have accused Mark Halperin, a popular political journalist and co-author of Game Change, of sexual harassment during his time at ABC News.

An investigation by CNN found that Halperin is alleged to have harassed women throughout the 1990s until the mid-2000s.

"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," one woman told CNN.

"I went up to have a soda and talk and—he just kissed me and grabbed my boobs," another accuser said. "I just froze. I didn't know what to do."

Another woman says Halperin cornered her as she exited a bathroom, propositioning her to enter another bathroom. "It freaked me out," she said. "I came out of the ladies' room and he was just standing there. Like almost blocking the door."

ABC News declined to comment, as did NBC News, which is not involved in the allegations but currently employs Halperin as a contributor.

Halperin released the following statement to CNN:

"During this period, I did pursue relationships with women that I worked with, including some junior to me. 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."

CNN did not report whether any of the accusers will be taking legal action against Halperin.

Chris Sosa is a managing editor at AlterNet. His work also appears in Mic, Salon, Care2, Huffington Post and other publications. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisSosa.

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