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Prominent political journalist apologizes after sex claims

Journalist Mark Halperin is accused of sexually harassing five women: report

Veteran journalist Mark Halperin has been accused of sexual harassment dating back to the 1990s when he was a political director at ABC News, according to a report. As for the news media covering these stories, Fox News isn't the only outlet reeling from its own internal strife, for NBC News now has its own to deal with.

"During this period, I did pursue relationships with women that I worked with, including some junior to me", Halperin said in a statement. "I now understand from these accounts that my behavior was inappropriate and caused others pain", Halperin said. For that, I am deeply sorry and I apologize.

The women say that they did not report Halperin's conduct as they were afraid of blowback due to his prominent position at the network.

Another woman claimed Halperin kissed her and groped her breast during a meeting in his office! In a statement to CNN, ABC News said that they did not receive complaints about Halperin during his time working there. John Heilemann, who also starred in "The Circus" and wrote the book "Game Change" with Halperin about the 2008 election, is still scheduled to speak. Since that story came out, other women have come forward to accuse Halperin of sexual misconduct and it has been noted that Halperin's behavior was an "open secret" in the industry.

A fourth woman who worked with Halperin told CNN that he asked her late at night on the campaign trail to go up to his hotel room with him, and that she believed him to be propositioning her. However, Halperin made many decisions about political coverage at ABC News, and had a voice in some critical personnel decisions.

Halperin, who is now an analyst for NBC News, issued an apology on Wednesday, although he denied grabbing a woman's breasts and pressing his genitals against three women. Three of the women say Halperin pressed his erection against their bodies.

Halperin is the co-author of the book Game Change, which was turned a 2012 movie, which won Emmys for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie and Outstanding Lead Actress for Julianne Moore, who played Sarah Palin.