By: Kyle James | 10-26-2017 | News
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Former ABC News Executive Apologizes After Five Woman Come Forward With Sexual Harassment Claims

Veteran journalist and former ABC News executive Mark Halperin is finding himself in a similar position as Harvey Weinstein as allegations of "inappropriate" behavior from five women prompt him to apologize publicly. The five-woman claim he sexually assaulted them while he was working as a top ABC News executive using his position of authority to take advantage of the women.

Halperin also authored a best-selling book called "Game Change." He appeared on CNN and publicly apologized Wednesday night saying he's "deeply sorry" and plans on taking a "step back" from work to deal with the situation. Halperin currently works as an analyst for NBC News and told 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."

The disgraced former news executive only came forward to apologize after CNN reported on allegations that he propositioned, fondled and pushed himself against five women in the early 2000's. He was working as an ABC News' political director at the time of the assaults. The women say they were afraid of the repercussions to their career if they came forward and asked to remain anonymous.

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