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Mark Halperin Placed on Leave by MSNBC Amidst Sexual Misconduct Claims

Mark Halperin, a veteran political journalist who has been accused by five women of sexual harassment, has been placed on leave by MSNBC.

The network made the announcement about 12 hours after these damaging allegations were made against Halperin, saying via statement:

“Mark Halperin is leaving his role as a contributor until the questions around his past conduct are fully understood.”

On Wednesday night, shortly after news of these charges went viral, Halperin confirmed in his own statement that he had not always acted appropriately with women in the past.

“During this period, I did pursue relationships with women that I worked with, including some junior to me,” he said in a statement to CNN, adding:

“I now understand from these accounts that my behavior was inappropriate and caused others pain.

“For that, I am deeply sorry and I apologize.

“Under the circumstances, I’m going to take a step back from my day-to-day work while I properly deal with this situation.”

The allegations against Halperin stem from his tenure as political director at ABC News.

While the reporter was vague about what he was owning up to, his accusers claims his propositioned them for sex… touched their breasts… and/or pressed his genitals up against them while clothed.

Halperin is maybe best known for co-authoring the bestselling book “Game Change,” which was made into an HBO movie starring Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin.

He has also anchored a program on Bloomberg TV and was prominently featured in Showtime’s “The Circus,” a series that chronicled the 2016 campaign cycle and the early days of the Donald Trump presidency.

Said ABC News in response to this story:

“Mark left ABC News over a decade ago, and no complaints were filed during his tenure.

These allegations come on the heels of more disturbing information also coming to light regarding Bill O’Reilly and the massive amount of money he paid to alleged sexual harassment victims in exchange for their silence.

According to a new New York Times article, O’Reilly shelled out $ 32 million in a settlement to one accuser alone.

Then, of course, there’s the case of Harvey Weinstein.

The long-time movie producer has now been accused by 54 women of having harassed or assaulted them.

The Times has reported on eight settlements he reached with his accusers, while various actresses and women who have worked in Hollywood have been coming forward with harrowing tales of interactions with Weinstein.

As a contributor to MSNBC, meanwhile, Halperin made regular appearances on Morning Joe and other news programs.

We doubt we see him back on that network again.

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Scott Disick Placed on 5150 Psychiatric Hold (Report)

Kourtney Kardashian’s troubled ex Scott Disick appears to have hit rock bottom recently, as multiple outlets are reporting that the father of three was hospitalized last month under a 5150 psychiatric hold.

The news comes after months of reports of Disick drinking heavily and traveling the globe in what insiders have described as a non-stop party.

It’s unclear what sort of behavior prompted to authorities to rule that Disick was a danger to himself or others, but he was reportedly taken into custody late on the of August 18:

“On August 18th LAFD responded to a call from the home of Scott Disick,” the Los Angeles Fire Department tells Us Weekly of the incident.

“Lost Hills Sheriffs were also on the scene shortly there after. LAFD officials transported Mr. Disick to a local hospital. No other information will be given out at this time.”

Us reports that despite their messy breakup, Kourtney visited the hospital several times to support Scott.

Sources say Kourtney is deeply concerned about Disick, who has been in rehab four times since 2015.

His latest bender is believed to be the result of Scott’s distress upon learning that Kourtney is in a serious relationship with Younes Bendjima, a 23-year-old male model, who has reportedly assumed a father figure role in the lives of Scott and Kourtney’s children.

Disick is now out of the hospital, but it seems his erratic behavior shows no signs of abating.

Several insiders are claiming that Scott is ignoring his friends and family’s pleas that he enter rehab.

Adding to concerns is the fact that Disick has unexpectedly moved out of the Hidden Hills home he purchased to be closer to his children, and has placed the property up for sale.

“Scott is absolutely losing his mind, and that is why he has moved out of the Hidden Hills house,” a source close to the situation tells Radar Online.

“He does not want his kids around Younes, and he does not want Younes to try and be a father figure at all.”

There’s currently no word on where Scott is living, or whether or not he’s still drinking.

Sources close to the Kardashians say the family had hoped to keep news of Scott’s hospitalizatio  under wraps.

The last time, Disick was hopsitalized is when he nearly died of alcohol poisoning while partying in the Hamptons in 2014.

Our thoughts go out to Disick and his family during this difficult time, and we hope that Scott is able to find the help that he needs.

We’ll have further updates on this situation as more information becomes available.

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Michael Lohan’s Wife, Kate Major, Threatened to Kill Cops Before Being Placed on Psychiatric Hold

Michael Lohan’s estranged wife threatened to kill cops when she called 911 this weekend … and later claimed domestic violence against Michael before being placed on a psychiatric hold. Kate Major told a dispatcher last Friday in Boca Raton,…

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Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra Meet with Child They Placed for Adoption!

Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra had quite the day yesterday!

For the first time in two years, they got to have a visit with Carly, the daughter they placed for adoption when they were just 16 years old.

And since things have been a little tense between Catelynn and Tyler and Carly’s parents, Brandon and Theresa, it must have been an emotional time.

The issues began a few years ago, when Tyler began breaking some rules Brandon and Theresa put in place for their open adoption.

After it became clear that Teen Mom was going to be a huge deal, they asked Cate and Tyler not to put any photos of Carly on social media.

They didn’t want the little girl to be on the show, and if she did appear on the show — like she did for the wedding, for instance — they requested that her face be blurred.

From their point of view, they want Carly to have as normal a childhood as possible, and appearing on a reality show doesn’t exactly fit the bill.

But from Cate and Tyler’s point of view — mostly Tyler’s, honestly — they brought Carly into this world, so if they want to post a photo of her on Instagram, they have that right.

For a long time now, Brandon and Theresa have straight up ignored any attempts Catelynn and Tyler made to contact them.

And instead of apologizing for their behavior and trying to make things right so they could maintain a relationship with their birth daughter, they kept on disobeying their wishes.

Just a couple of months ago, Catelynn shared a photo of Carly on Instagram for Father’s Day.

But something must have happened since then, because after two years, Catelynn and Tyler were finally reunited with Carly!

They documented a tiny bit of the visit on Twitter — no photos, thank goodness, but Tyler did make a lot of statements and answer a lot questions about Carly, and about adoption in general.

“On the plan to go see Carly for the first time in 2 years,” he tweeted on Friday. “Can’t wait to see her and Novalee together. Warms my heart just thinking about it.”

Someone pointed out that Brandon and Theresa had asked them repeatedly to leave their daughter off his social media accounts — a fair point.

But he corrected them with “I can talk about whatever I want. The rule is not to post PICTURES of her on social media. Not that you deserve that explanation.”

He got into a conversation about adoption language and whether or not he was technically Carly’s parent by stating “I’m NOT her parent. I’m just her birth father.”

“Creating a child does NOT make you a parent. Raising that child does.”

“She does have birth parents,” he continued, “but she doesn’t have ‘adoptive parents’ that’s technically a term for birth parents to use. B&T are her parents.”

It’s interesting that he tweeted all this, because a few hours later he tweeted and deleted a pretty controversial comment.

Someone tweeted to him that they hoped he respects Brandon and Theresa’s rules and that “you are over your ‘she’s my kid & I’ll do what the hell I like’ attitude.”

He responded with “Oh I respect that rule … but I’ll NEVER be over my attitude. Biologically ‘that kid’ IS mine & I’ll ALWAYS do what I like. I only got 1 life.”

Which is … alarming, to say the least.

He just seems so stubborn about the entire situation, and it’s sad because Carly isn’t his kid. He’s welcome to do what he likes, but it could be at the expense of his relationship with her.

But on a happier note, after their meeting Tyler tweeted “Seeing Carly & Nova playing together, Carly pushing Nova in the stroller & holding her, omg you guys!”

He also wrote that “Carly ran right to me with a huge smile on her face when I was holding Nova, it was pretty precious!”

Catelynn, as usual, was a little more low-key about things, but she did tweet “Today was awesome.. seeing my two Little’s play and have fun. All I know is she is beautiful, smart, sassy, and TALL!!”

It looks like things are really looking up for everyone in this situation, right?

And thank goodness for that!

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Officer Who Forcibly Removed United Airlines Passenger Placed on Administrative Leave

The officer who forcibly removed the United Airlines passenger Sunday night at O’Hare International has just been placed on leave pending an investigation. The Chicago Department of Aviation said Monday that “the incident on United flight 3411 was…

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Officer Who Forcibly Removed United Airlines Passenger Placed on Administrative Leave

The officer who forcibly removed the United Airlines passenger Sunday night at O’Hare International has just been placed on leave pending an investigation. The Chicago Department of Aviation said Monday that “the incident on United flight 3411 was…

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Kanye West Accused of Assault, Placed on 5150 Psychiatric Hold

Last night, after exhibiting erratic behavior at a series of concerts, Kanye West was hospitalized for what was originally described to the press as symptoms relating to exhaustion.

In the hours since, it’s become evident that the rapper’s hospitalization was the result of a mental and emotional breakdown, which required West to be restrained and rushed to a nearby psychiatric facility.

Now, new details about the situation are emerging, and it seems Kanye’s situation may be even more dire than initially thought.

According to TMZ, EMTs arrived after receiving a call from Kanye’s personal physician, Dr. Michael Farzam.

In order to protect West’s privacy, Farzam used an alias for his patient, describing Kanye as:

“Jim Jones, 39 years old, 5’8″, 175 lbs,” and informing that he “suffers from temporary psychosis due to sleep deprivation and dehydration.” 

Farzam reportedly told the 911 dispatcher that Kanye was not currently exhibiting any violent behavior, but likely become violent once authorities arrived.

At some point, presumably after the call was placed, Kanye allegedly assaulted an employee of the gym where he was training when he suffered his breakdown.

He was eventually handcuffed to a stretcher to the psychiatric ward of UCLA Medical Center to be evaluated.

Dr. Farzam reportedly informed police that he had placed Kanye on a 5150 psychiatric hold, but there’s some disagreement over whether or not he actually took the steps necessary in order to put such a hold in place.

Kim Kardashian rushed to be by Kanye’s side, canceling her much-anticipated first public appearance after being robbed at gunpoint in Paris.

In the days leading up to his hospitalization, Kanye canceled his current tour, citing exhaustion.

The news was less than shocking, as West had been exhibiting bizarre behavior, often abruptly storming off stage after going on troubling rants and performing only a few songs.

West has yet to speak on the assault allegations, but his mother-in-law Kris Jenner spoke on his behalf during a recent interview with Extra.

“He’s exhausted, he’s just really tired,” Jenner told the show.

“He’s had a grueling tour and it’s been a grind so he just needs some rest.”

Our thoughts go out to Kanye and his family, and we hope the rapper receives the help that he needs.

We’ll have further details on this story as more information becomes available.

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