Former ABC News Reporter: Mark Halperin Sexual Harassment Was ‘Open Secret’

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A CNN reporter who used to work with former ABC News political director Mark Halperin called it an "open secret" that he engaged in sexual harassment.

CNN reported Wednesday night that five women said Halperin had a history of propositioning junior staffers at ABC News and making other unwanted sexual advances. Multiple women even claimed Halperin, now a political analyst for NBC and MSNBC, rubbed his erect penis against them.

"We find the story and the allegations very troubling," an MSNBC spokesperson told the Washington Free Beacon in a statement. "Mark Halperin is leaving his role as a contributor until the questions around his past conduct are fully understood."

"This was an open secret when I was at ABC for years," CNN reporter Clarissa Ward tweeted. "Brave of these women to speak up."

Ward then went into a more detailed explanation of why she and others did not speak out at the time, saying she was a young reporter who feared retribution.

Alex Griswold

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Alex is a staff writer at the Washington Free Beacon. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2012. Before joining the Free Beacon, he was a writer for Mediaite and The Daily Caller. He is originally from Buffalo, New York, but regrettably now lives in Washington, D.C. He can be reached at

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