HBO will not be moving forward with its plan to make a miniseries based off of the 2016 election after Mark Halperin, co-author of the still-unreleased sequel to "Game Change," was suspended from NBC on Thursday following sexual harassment allegations stemming from his time at ABC. Five women initially came forward to CNN to describe Halperin's inappropriate conduct, and more (including Emily Miller) have emerged since.
Halperin admitted that his behavior was inappropriate, and that he had sexually pursued women that he worked with.
In a statement released by HBO, the network said that they had "no tolerance for sexual harassment within the company."
HBO drops plans for adapting Halperin book based on 2016 election pic.twitter.com/ecJiRAhLHq— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) October 26, 2017
HBO previously released a film titled "Game Change," based on Halperin's book about the 2008 election of Barack Obama. The 2016 version was set to be a miniseries.
Since this morning's explosive report by CNN, more women have come forward to say that Halperin's harassment was an "open secret" at the network. Halperin was employed as ABC's political director from 1997 until 2007 before leaving the network for Time magazine.
In an emotional series of tweets, CNN's Clarissa Ward said that women did not speak out due to Halperin's status at the network and a fear of being seen as an "HR headache."
3) As if these men have any idea how much courage it takes for a young woman to stand up to an incredibly powerful and well respected man— Clarissa Ward (@clarissaward) October 26, 2017
5) As if most of us at that age aren't just trying to be seen as competent equals with a bright future ahead and not a potential HR headache— Clarissa Ward (@clarissaward) October 26, 2017