New York Moments reporter Glenn Thrush explained in a statement ““I am sorry to any girl who felt uncomfortable in my own presence, and for any situation where I behaved inappropriately.” | Kirk Irwin/Getty Photos for SiriusXM NY Moments suspends Glenn Thrush after allegations of sexual misconduct
The New York Times said on Monday it is suspending White Residence correspondent Glenn Thrush although it investigates allegations in a fresh report from Vox that he made undesirable sexual advances toward young women, including colleagues from his time working for POLITICO.
Three women, like the piece’s author, Laura McGann, a former editor at POLITICO, alleged types of undesirable contact or kissing by Thrush, while a fourth described an come across that she said was consensual but yet remaining her feeling shaken due to Thrush’s powerful position at POLITICO at that time. The incidents, which happened in the last five years, all included ladies in their 20s, Vox reported.
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Three of the incidents occurred while Thrush was a reporter at POLITICO; the fourth occurred last June, after a going-away party for a POLITICO staffer that Thrush attended, though he had started functioning at the New York Times before in the year.
Eileen Murphy, senior vice president of communications for the New York Moments, said in a statement: “The alleged behavior is very concerning and not commensurate with the standards and values of The New York Times. We plan to fully investigate even though we perform, Glenn will get suspended. We support his decision to enter a drug abuse program. In the meantime, we will not be commenting further.”
“I am sorry to any girl who felt uncomfortable in my own presence, and for any situation where I behaved inappropriately. Any behavior that makes a woman feel disrespected or uncomfortable is unacceptable,” Thrush explained in a assertion to Vox.
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McGann described receiving undesirable advancements from Thrush at a bar five years back, when she said he put his side on her thigh and started kissing her. She explained the stories of the three additional women fit a similar pattern:
“Each of the women were within their 20s at that time. They were relatively early within their careers compared to Thrush, who was simply the sort of seasoned journalist who would be good to learn. At an event with alcoholic beverages, he made advancements. Afterward, they (as I did so) thought it better to stay on good terms with Thrush, whatever their emotions,” McGann wrote. McGann explained there was no recruiting office at that time, consequently she reported her problems to a colleague and a senior editor. A POLITICO spokesman explained that no complaint about the incident reached the general counsel.
In the incident in June, which followed a going-away party for a POLITICO reporter, a young woman journalist explained Thrush attempted to take her hand and kiss her.
POLITICO editor Carrie Budoff Dark brown told Vox that she saw Thrush and the woman talking in the bar but did not have any cause for concern. “I was disappointed in Glenn but had no explanation to feel that anything would improvement beyond the bar that night,” she said, regarding to Vox. “And I am saddened to understand throughout your reporting that it performed.”
“Great journalism and great business need a great place of work. My colleagues and I have worked well hard to nurture a newsroom where people are supportive, good to one another, and where mutual respect is the way of existence. We have zero tolerance for other things,” she said.
In a statement to Vox, Thrush addressed the incident:
“The June incident was a life-changing event [for me]. The woman included was upset by my actions and for that I am deeply sorry.
“Over the past several years, I have responded to a succession of personal and health crises by drinking heavily. Throughout that period, I have done factors that I am ashamed of, actions that contain brought great hurt to my family and friends.
“I have not taken a glass or two since June 15, 2017, have resumed guidance and will soon commence out-person treatment for alcoholism. I am spending so much time to correct the damage I have done.”