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Mark Halperin Is Out Of A Job At NBC News

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Mark Halperin Is Out Of A Job At NBC News
Halperin's termination comes after multiple women accused him of sexual harassment and assault when he worked at ABC News.
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Political journalist Mark Halperin no longer has a job at NBC and its sister cable network MSNBC. 

At least five women accused Halperin of sexual harassment and assault while he was employed by ABC News from the late 1980s to 2007. 

Halperin — who was a regular guest on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" — was suspended by the network Thursday. On Monday, an NBC spokesperson confirmed the journalist wouldn't be returning to the company. 

Moving beyond NBC, Penguin Press said it won't publish an upcoming book Halperin was co-authoring on the 2016 presidential election. HBO also canceled a miniseries based on the same book.

Halperin also co-hosted Showtime's political documentary series "The Circus." The network said if the show gets picked up for another season, Halperin will not be part of the team. 

In a statement Friday, Halperin recognized and apologized for his "aggressive and crude" behavior but said some of the allegations made against him were untrue.

"Those who have worked with me in the past decade know that my conduct in subsequent jobs at Time, Bloomberg, NBC News, and Showtime has not been what it was at ABC. I did not engage in improper behavior with colleagues or subordinates," his statement continued.

The Halperin scandal is just further proof of how systematic harassment has become in Hollywood. 

Since the beginning of October, more than 80 women have accused producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment or assault.

And the number of women accusing director and screenwriter James Toback of sexual misconduct has increased to more than 300