Mark Halperin’s contract with MSNBC and NBC News terminated

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NBC News and MSNBC have cut ties with veteran journalist and news anchor Mark Halperin over sexual harassment allegations, announcing Monday morning that the former ABC News anchor’s contract has been terminated.

Sexual harassment knows no single party identification, and while liberals slammed Fox News’ personality Bill O’Reilly and CEO Roger Ailes, they’ve kept largely quiet on one of their own, as Halperin frequented shows such as “Morning Joe.”

News of Halperin’s conduct first broke last Wednesday; since then, up to 12 women have come forward with accusations of sexual harassment.

An MSNBC spokesman told CNN on Monday morning that Halperin’s contract with both had been terminated.

 Halperin had served as an NBC News senior political analyst and MSNBC contributor, and was a frequent guest on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

The peacock network, which had benched Halperin in the immediate wake of the sexual misconduct allegations, was the last of the media companies with which he’d had relationships going into last week to completely cut ties with him.

CNN first reported on Wednesday night about the allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Halperin. Since then, more women have come forward, bringing the total number of accusers to at least one dozen.

The accusations from the women include that Halperin, while he was clothed, placed his erect penis on the bodies of women without consent; that he masturbated in front of an ABC News employee in his office, and that he threw another woman against a restaurant window before attempting to kiss her. The alleged incidents occurred while Halperin was in a position of significant authority at ABC News, while the women were young and had little power.

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