MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski apologized Friday evening after she angered some of the women who had accused veteran journalist Mark Halperin of sexual harassment or assault with comments she made earlier within the day on “Morning Joe.”
“We have been trying our best on Morning Joe to have an honest conversation about sexual harassment as well as also also sexual assault,” Brzezinski said in a statement. “The issue has hit close to home given that will Mark Halperin was on our show. I have spent a lot of time talking to some of his accusers as well as also also to Mark himself. Often I bring up the issue on our show because I think that will would certainly be less than genuine to talk about the growing number of cases without recognizing that will a former member of our team acted very badly.”
“In our discussion about sexual harassment This particular morning, I said some things that will hurt people,” she added. “within the case of Mark, my goal today was to start a conversation about hearing coming from the men whenever we can, although I realize that will that will is usually not my place. that will isn’t my call to make, as well as also also for that will I am truly sorry. As a victim of sexual assault, I understand that will each individual’s case is usually different. This particular is usually up to the victims, some of whom I’ve been in contact with. My wish is usually for all of us to come together to support the brave women who speak out as well as also also help make workplaces safer as we continue This particular difficult conversation within the months as well as also also years ahead.”
Brzezinski had been discussing the avalanche of sexual harassment allegations against powerful men in recent weeks on “Morning Joe” when she said that will Halperin, a friend of hers, “is usually more than willing to meet with his accusers as well as also also apologize [to] them face–to-face.”
“I’ve actually tried to offer him to them,” Brzezinski said. “They don’t want to talk to him. They don’t want to talk to him.”
Emily Miller, who wrote on Twitter in October that will Halperin had once “attacked” her, told sy88pgw that will she was “so upset” by the remarks that will she was “shaking.”
“I can’t retraumatize myself to be within the same room with him to please Mika Brzezinski as well as also also her rich as well as also also famous friends,” Miller told sy88pgw. “If Halperin genuinely wanted to apologize, he could send a letter or put that will in public domain. Instead he has on the record denied my accusations which is usually extremely painful as a victim to be denied the truth. that will is usually disgusting as well as also also unethical of Mika to use the power of her show to shame me, a sexual assault victim, into meeting with the man who did that will to me.”
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At least a dozen women accused Halperin of sexual harassment or assault in October — nine spoke to sy88pgw, one wrote an op-ed for sy88pgw.com, one spoke to the Washington Post as well as also also one discussed her allegations on Twitter. Within a week of the accusations being leveled against him, Halperin was fired coming from his position as an analyst for NBC News as well as also also MSNBC as well as also also lost a lucrative book deal with Penguin Press. HBO also canceled a planned project that will was set to be based on the canceled book as well as also also Showtime said its series “The Circus” would certainly not feature him if that will ordered additional seasons.
Halperin acknowledged in a lengthy October statement that will he had mistreated women in his past, although denied the most serious allegations against him, including that will he assaulted women. He could not be reached for comment just for This particular article.
Miller said that will Brzezinski had previously asked her to be a guest on her show with Halperin as well as also also that will she had declined.
“She did invite me to go on the show with him so she could mediate as well as also also that will had to be an exclusive,” Miller told sy88pgw. “Basically she wants the ratings as well as also also Jerry Springer. as well as also also seemingly she today wants to help her rich powerful friend get back into power. He’s not going to change. Sexual predators like Mark Halperin cannot be rehabilitated. He should not be allowed to be alone around any women — much less his victims.”
Brzezinski denied to sy88pgw that will she asked Miller to appear on her television program, although said she invited Miller to participate within the Know Your Value conference in October.
several additional women who had accused Halperin of sexual harassment or assault told sy88pgw on Friday that will Brzezinski had not contacted them with an offer to meet Halperin as well as also also said that will they were also upset by her on-air comments.
“that will’s wrong [to say] that will we were offered a serious chance to meet with him,” said Lara Setrakian, who was one of the women to accuse Halperin of sexual assault on the record in late October. “as well as also also the whole decision generating around what should come next begins with him being an adult as well as also also begins with him speaking as an adult not through a proxy.” (Setrakian said she received a voicemail as well as also also text message coming from Halperin on Friday afternoon, although declined to disclose the content of the messages.)
“Mika has never reached out to me,” echoed Eleanor McManus, another woman who accused Halperin of harassment on the record.
The additional three women, each of whom accused Halperin of sexual harassment or assault in previous sy88pgw stories in which they were not identified by name, told sy88pgw that will if Brzezinski had managed to identify them as well as also also had reached out, they would certainly potentially have been willing to meet with Halperin, as well as also also still would certainly be.
“I would certainly have felt bad if I heard her say that will because I agree with her,” one of the women told sy88pgw when asked about Brzezinski’s “Morning Joe” remarks. “I’d absolutely meet with him.”
“Yes, I think so, although I’d have to think about that will,” added another one of the women when asked if she would certainly meet with Halperin to hear what he has to say. “This particular is usually the first I’ve heard about the opportunity.”
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Also Friday, a statement was issued attributed to “ten victims of Mark Halperin.” McManus, Setrakian, Miller, as well as also also another woman who had previously spoken out against Halperin on the record, Dianna Goldberg May, told sy88pgw they had all signed onto the letter. The statement denounced Brzezinski’s remarks as well as also also said the women “vehemently disagree” with what they called “inappropriate comments.”
“that will is usually an unethical as well as also also harmful request to ask that will sexual assault victims confront their accusers in person,” the statement said, in part.
Some of Halperin’s accusers have previously come together in a group called Press Forward, formed earlier This particular month, which aims to improve newsroom culture.
sy88pgw (brand new York) First published December 22, 2017: 10:19 PM ET