"Mark Halperin is leaving his role as a contributor until the questions around his past conduct are fully understood." Halperin, a veteran political reporter and author, is a regular guest on .
The co-hosts of the show addressed the Halperin report on Thursday morning's show, but did not say anything definitive about whether he would be welcome back as a guest.
Many of these types of predators are abusive both emotionally and physically.
Some are serial rapists who target women or men, engage with them, arrange a date and then rape them.
The victims are often too embarrassed to report it.
They feel that because they met the person online people will see this as risky behaviour and be less sympathetic. Paedophiles know where to find their target age range, how to sound and act like a young person online and how to groom. They have the skills to identify kids and adults that are at risk or vulnerable by what they say and how they act online.
A spokesman for NBCUniversal News Group said the company has nothing more to add on that front.
"Now to a story that broke overnight involving someone you see around this table every day," Mika Brzezinski said on the show.
"CNN is reporting allegations regarding our friend Mark Halperin during his time at ABC News over a decade ago, unnamed sources detailing unwanted advances and inappropriate behavior. We are going to be following this story as it develops.
I’m sure we are going to be talking about it again when we know more about it.” Halperin apologized for his conduct in a statement on Wednesday, and said that he is pulling back from his day-to-day work "while I properly deal with this situation." He rejoined NBC News and MSNBC in February after a stint hosting a television show for Bloomberg that was briefly broadcast on MSNBC as well.
I say victims because this type of predator will target multiple victims.
They will drop some of the victims because they see more potential in another.
They will often pass on that victim to other predators. For example, if a stalking victim is being methodically targeted by an abuser using fake profiles, the abuser starts contacting friends and family, have their accounts hacked, tracked, they are being humiliated online etc. You don’t get good at stalking, trolling, scamming or being a sexual predator without experience.