The New York Times suspended prominent political reporter Glenn Thrush on Monday following accusations of sexual misconduct, the paper said.
The suspension came hours after the news outlet Vox published a report detailing an alleged pattern of inappropriate behavior toward women, particularly young female reporters.
“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,” the paper said in a statement Monday. “We intend to fully investigate and while we do, Glenn will be suspended.”
Thrush plans to enter a substance abuse program, the newspaper said, adding that it supported his decision to do so.
Thrush is also an MSNBC contributor. A spokesperson for the network said: “We’re awaiting the outcome of the Times’ investigation. He currently has no scheduled appearances.”
Thrush is one of the most widely known bylines in the political world. He joined The Times in January to cover the Trump administration from Politico. Some of the accusations made in the Vox story, which range from unwanted touching to drunken sexual encounters, allegedly took place while he was chief political correspondent for Politico.
At the Times, Thrush, 50, was one of six reporters covering the White House and President Donald Trump. He is in the process of writing a book about Trump with colleague Maggie Haberman, another Times White House reporter.
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SOURCE: NBC News, Elizabeth Chuck