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As more and more women come forward with disturbing sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein and James Toback, the topic remains at the front of public discourse. But it isn’t just Hollywood dealing with the issue, as former ABC News journalist Mark Halperin has been accused by multiple women of sexual harassment.

According to the Huffington Post, veteran journalist Mark Halperin is facing explosive claims of sexual harassment as five women have publicly come forward to detail his history of problematic behavior against women. Halperin has denied the accusations even as the news is rapidly spreading and adding to the sexual harassment/assault conversation currently dominating the country.

Via Huffington Post:

Five women told CNN’s Oliver Darcy that Halperin propositioned employees while he was in a powerful position at ABC. Three women accused Halperin of pressing his genitals against them while clothed, and one said he grabbed her breasts against her will. He has denied those allegations to CNN.

“During this period, I did pursue relationships with women that I worked with, including some junior to me,” Halperin told CNN in a statement 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,” he said. 

The women accusing Halperin, who have requested to remain anonymous, did not report their sexual harassment claims to the higher-ups at ABC News because they feared retribution. However, none of the women said anything about Halperin threatening them or promising anything in exchange for sexual favors.

Meanwhile, ABC News said in a statement about Halperin “Mark left ABC News over a decade ago, and no complaints were filed during his tenure.”

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