MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski apologizes for remarks about Mark Halperin victims

MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski apologized Friday night after she angered among the girls who had accused veteran journalist Mark Halperin of sexual harassment or assault with feedback she made earlier within the day on “Morning Joe.”

“We’ve been making an attempt our greatest on Morning Joe to have an trustworthy dialog about sexual harassment and sexual assault,” Brzezinski mentioned in a press release. “The problem has hit near residence provided that Mark Halperin was on our present. I’ve spent plenty of time speaking to a few of his accusers and to Mark himself. Usually I carry up the problem on our present as a result of I believe it could be lower than real to speak in regards to the rising variety of circumstances with out recognizing former member of our crew acted very badly.”

“In our dialogue about sexual harassment this morning, I mentioned some issues that damage folks,” she added. “Within the case of Mark, my aim at this time was to begin a dialog about listening to from the boys each time we are able to, however I notice that it isn’t my place. It is not my name to make, and for that I’m actually sorry. As a sufferer of sexual assault, I perceive that every particular person’s case is completely different. That is as much as the victims, a few of whom I have been in touch with. My hope is for all of us to come back collectively to help the courageous girls who converse out and assist make workplaces safer as we proceed this troublesome dialog within the months and years forward.”

Brzezinski had been discussing the avalanche of sexual harassment allegations in opposition to highly effective males in current weeks on “Morning Joe” when she mentioned that Halperin, a pal of hers, “is greater than prepared to satisfy together with his accusers and apologize [to] them face–to-face.”

“I’ve truly tried to supply him to them,” Brzezinski mentioned. “They do not wish to discuss to him. They do not wish to discuss to him.”

Emily Miller, who wrote on Twitter in October that Halperin had as soon as “attacked” her, instructed CNN that she was “so upset” by the remarks that she was “shaking.”

“I am unable to retraumatize myself to be in the identical room with him to please Mika Brzezinski and her wealthy and well-known pals,” Miller instructed CNN. “If Halperin genuinely wished to apologize, he might ship a letter or put it in public area. As a substitute he has on the report denied my accusations which is extraordinarily painful as a sufferer to be denied the reality. It’s disgusting and unethical of Mika to make use of the ability of her present to disgrace me, a sexual assault sufferer, into assembly with the person who did that to me.”

Related: Four more women accuse Mark Halperin of harassment, bringing total to at least a dozen

No less than a dozen girls accused Halperin of sexual harassment or assault in October — 9 spoke to CNN, one wrote an op-ed for, one spoke to the Washington Submit and one mentioned her allegations on Twitter. Inside every week of the accusations being leveled in opposition to him, Halperin was fired from his place as an analyst for NBC Information and MSNBC and misplaced a profitable e-book cope with Penguin Press. HBO additionally canceled a deliberate mission that was set to be primarily based on the canceled e-book and Showtime mentioned its sequence “The Circus” wouldn’t characteristic him if it ordered further seasons.

Halperin acknowledged in a prolonged October assertion that he had mistreated girls in his previous, however denied essentially the most severe allegations in opposition to him, together with that he assaulted girls. He couldn’t be reached for remark for this text.

Miller mentioned that Brzezinski had beforehand requested her to be a visitor on her present with Halperin and that she had declined.

“She did invite me to go on the present with him so she might mediate and it needed to be an unique,” Miller instructed CNN. “Principally she desires the rankings and Jerry Springer. And seemingly she now desires to assist her wealthy highly effective pal get again into energy. He isn’t going to alter. Sexual predators like Mark Halperin can’t be rehabilitated. He shouldn’t be allowed to be alone round any girls — a lot much less his victims.”

Brzezinski denied to CNN that she requested Miller to look on her tv program, however mentioned she invited Miller to take part within the Know Your Worth convention in October.

5 different girls who had accused Halperin of sexual harassment or assault instructed CNN on Friday that Brzezinski had not contacted them with a proposal to satisfy Halperin and mentioned that they had been additionally upset by her on-air feedback.

“It is improper [to say] that we had been provided a severe likelihood to satisfy with him,” mentioned Lara Setrakian, who was one of many girls to accuse Halperin of sexual assault on the report in late October. “And the entire resolution making round what ought to come subsequent begins with him being an grownup and begins with him talking as an grownup not by means of a proxy.” (Setrakian mentioned she obtained a voicemail and textual content message from Halperin on Friday afternoon, however declined to reveal the content material of the messages.)

“Mika has by no means reached out to me,” echoed Eleanor McManus, one other lady who accused Halperin of harassment on the report.

The opposite three girls, every of whom accused Halperin of sexual harassment or assault in earlier CNN tales by which they weren’t recognized by identify, instructed CNN that if Brzezinski had managed to establish them and had reached out, they’d doubtlessly have been prepared to satisfy with Halperin, and nonetheless could be.

“I might have felt unhealthy if I heard her say that as a result of I agree along with her,” one of many girls instructed CNN when requested about Brzezinski’s “Morning Joe” remarks. “I might completely meet with him.”

“Sure, I believe so, however I might have to consider it,” added one other one of many girls when requested if she would meet with Halperin to listen to what he has to say. “That is the primary I’ve heard in regards to the alternative.”

Related: ‘United together’: Mark Halperin, Charlie Rose accusers form advocacy group

Additionally Friday, a press release was issued attributed to “ten victims of Mark Halperin.” McManus, Setrakian, Miller, and one other lady who had beforehand spoken out in opposition to Halperin on the report, Dianna Goldberg Could, instructed CNN they’d all signed onto the letter. The assertion denounced Brzezinski’s remarks and mentioned the ladies “vehemently disagree” with what they known as “inappropriate feedback.”

“It’s an unethical and dangerous request to ask that sexual assault victims confront their accusers in particular person,” the assertion mentioned, partly.

A few of Halperin’s accusers have beforehand come collectively in a gaggle known as Press Ahead, shaped earlier this month, which goals to enhance newsroom tradition.

CNNMoney (New York) First printed December 22, 2017: 10:19 PM ET

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