Glenn Thrush, one of The New York Times’ top White House reporters, was suspended from the media outlet after allegations of sexual harassment and groping were revealed on Monday.
According to Vox, four women described a “range of similar experiences, from unwanted groping and kissing to wet kisses out of nowhere to hazy sexual encounters that played out under the influence of alcohol.”
According to Vox: “Details of their stories suggest a pattern. All the women were in their 20s at the time. They were relatively early in their careers compared to Thrush, who was the kind of seasoned journalist who would be good to know. At an event with alcohol, he made advances. Afterward, they (as I did) thought it best to stay on good terms with Thrush, whatever their feelings.”
In a recent article about accusations against political journalist Mark Halperin, Thrush wrote, “Young people who come into a newsroom deserve to be taught our trade, given our support and enlisted in our calling — not betrayed by little men who believe they are bigger than the mission.”
Yet, according to the article, women who work with Thrush say he would “lure” them into situations where they would be given alcohol, then he would try to kiss or grope them. The author of the piece, Laura McGann, said she too found herself in that situation with Thrush.
McGann said Thrush, a married man, made unwanted advances towards her while at a bar. Thrush reportedly cornered her in a booth and tried to kiss her. Though she refused his advances and departed, Thrush told male colleagues the next day that McGann had initiated the advances, and that he rebuffed her.
According to McGann, she felt her colleagues looked at her differently after that.
Four other women accused Thrush of similar behavior, including a young, former Politico reporter who said he groped her and tried to kiss her while they were walking after having drinks at a bar. He allegedly left her alone, crying and waiting for an Uber by herself.
In a statement, Thrush acknowledged the accusations, saying: “I apologize to any woman who felt uncomfortable in my presence, and for any situation where I behaved inappropriately. Any behavior that makes a woman feel disrespected or uncomfortable is unacceptable.”
He also addressed McGann’s story, saying the encounter was “consensual, brief, and ended by me.”
“I did not disparage her to colleagues at Politico as she claims,” he said.
Thrush “said he planned to enter a substance abuse program and … the newspaper supported his decision,” the Times reported Monday.
“The behavior attributed to Glenn in this Vox story is very concerning and not in keeping with the standards and values of The New York Times,” Eileen Murphy, a Times spokeswoman, said in a statement. “We intend to fully investigate and while we do, Glenn will be suspended. We support his decision to enter a substance abuse program. In the meantime, we will not be commenting further.”
Thrush, 50, who is known for his reporting on the Trump White House and for his heated exchanges with administration representatives during press conferences (see one example below), is working on a book about Trump with colleague Maggie Haberman.