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Halperin Loses Book Deal After Sexual Harassment Allegations

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Henry Rodgers Capitol Hill Reporter

Author and political analyst Mark Halperin lost a book deal Thursday after at least five women accused him of sexual harassment.

Penguin Press announced Thursday night that it would be canceling the release of a untitled book by Halperin and his coworker John Heilemann about the 2016 presidential election.

“In light of the recent news regarding Mark Halperin, the Penguin Press has decided to cancel our plans to publish a book he was co-authoring on the 2016 election,” the publisher said in a statement to USA Today.

HBO, which was going to do a project with the book after publication, also announced that it would “no longer proceeding with the project tied to the untitled book. HBO has no tolerance for sexual harassment within the company or its productions.”

NBC News released Halperin until further notice early Thursday morning, just hours after the allegations surfaced.

“We find the story and the allegations very troubling,” the network said in a statement. “Mark Halperin is leaving his role as a contributor until the questions around his past are fully understood.”(RELATED: NBC’s Mark Halperin OUT After Multiple Sexual Harassment Allegations)

Halperin stands accused of a range of predatory behavior, including propositioning coworkers for sex, groping women’s breasts and kissing them without consent, according to CNN.

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