MSNBC on Thursday announced it is suspending journalist Mark Halperin amid allegations he sexually harassed multiple women.
“[It’s] very troubling,” MSNBC said in a statement to Mediaite, referencing a CNN report that first brought the accusations to light.
“Mark Halperin is leaving his role as a contributor until the questions around his past conduct are fully understood.”
Halperin is a frequent guest on MSNBC’s "Morning Joe" and he has also served as a political analyst for NBC News, MSNBC’s parent company, since 2010.
CNN on Thursday reported that Halperin sexually harassed five women while working in a major role at ABC News.
The network’s investigation found that Halperin allegedly exhibited such behavior from the 1990s to the mid-2000s.
CNN did not discover any evidence after Halperin left ABC News, where he served as the network’s political director.
The accounts of harassment ranged from Halperin propositioning employees for sex to kissing and grabbing a woman’s breast against her will.
Three women told CNN that Halperin pressed an erection against their bodies while he was fully clothed without their consent.
Halperin denies groping a woman’s breasts or pressing his genitals against any of the three women accusing him of the act.
The television personality did, however, issued a statement apologizing for his past behavior late Wednesday.
“During this period, I did pursue relationships with women that I worked with, including some junior to me,” he said.
“I now understand from these accounts that my behavior was inappropriate and caused others pain,” Halperin added.
“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.”
Halperin is also the co-author of Game Change, a book about the 2008 presidential race between former President Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).