Veteran journalist Mark Halperin to step away from media after sexual harassment claims

Veteran journalist Mark Halperin has been accused of sexually harassing women while he worked at ABC News, according to a new report.

Halperin, who left ABC around a decade ago, apologised when confronted with the claims, reported by CNN's Oliver Darcy, and said he would "step back" from media appearances in response.

Halperin's work at ABC, which took place over a decade ago, was reportedly marked by unwanted sexual advances that included groping, propositions, and forcing himself on women at the network. 

ABC told Darcy that no complaints had been filed against Halperin, but Halperin seemed to acknowledge wrongdoing in a statement to CNN.

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Co-authors Mark Halperin (L) and John Heilemann (R) arrive on the red carpet for a viewing party for the new HBO film "Game Change", about the 2008 McCain-Palin republican presidential campaign, at the Newseum in Washington, March 8, 2012. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT POLITICS)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 03: Mark Halperin from Showtime's 'The Circus' attends the Showtime-presented finale reception and discusson of the second season of THE CIRCUS: INSIDE THE BIGGEST STORY ON EARTH at The Newseum on May 3, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Showtime)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 03: Mark Halperin from Showtime's 'The Circus' attends the Showtime-presented finale reception and discusson of the second season of THE CIRCUS: INSIDE THE BIGGEST STORY ON EARTH at The Newseum on May 3, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Showtime)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 11: Mark Halperin from Showtime's 'The Circus' poses for a portrait at the 2016 Summer TCAs Getty Images Portrait Studio at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 11th, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California (Photo by Maarten de Boer/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 11: Executive producer 'The Circus' Mark Halperin speaks onstage at ''The Circus' of Politics' panel discussion during the Showtime portion of the 2016 Television Critics Association Summer Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 11, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 10: Mark Halperin speaks onstage at THE CIRCUS FYC Panel presented by Showtime and the 92Y at the 92nd Street Y on May 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Showtime)
MEET THE PRESS -- Pictured: (l-r) Mark Halperin, Managing Editor, Bloomberg Politics, left, and Kathleen Parker Columnist, Washington Post, right, appear on 'Meet the Press' in Washington, D.C., Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. (Photo by: William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
Washington, DC. 1994 George Stepanopoulos, Mark Halperin, and Adam Nagourney at the White House Correspondents Dinner. Credit: Mark Reinstein (Photo by Mark Reinstein/Corbis via Getty Images)
MEET THE PRESS -- Pictured: (l-r) Mark Halperin, Editor-at-Large and Senior Political Analyst, TIME, appears on 'Meet the Press' in Washington, D.C., Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013. (Photo by: William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 08: Journalists Mark Halperin, left, and John Heilemann, arrive at the Newseum for a screening of the HBO film Game Change, which is based on their book about Sen. John McCain's, R-Ariz., 2008 presidential run. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
MEET THE PRESS -- Pictured: Mark Halperin, Time Magazine, left, and Helene Cooper, White House Correspondent, New York Times, right, appear on 'Meet the Press' in Washington, D.C., Sunday, May 15, 2011. (Photo by William B. Plowman/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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"During this period, I did pursue relationships with women that I worked with, including some junior to me," Halperin told CNN Wednesday night.

"I now understand from these accounts that my behavior was inappropriate and caused others pain. 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 has hosted a show on Bloomberg and is a political analyst often used by NBC News. He regularly appears on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program.

Halperin is the latest of several prominent media figures outed for sexual misconduct since a bombshell New York Times article alleged that Hollywood mega-producer Harvey Weinstein had abused vulnerable women over a decades-long career in the entertainment business. 

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