- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The New York Times reporter Glenn Thrush, who was suspended last month over several sexual harassment allegations, will return to work in January but will be pulled off the White House beat, the newspaper announced Wednesday.

Mr. Thrush was suspended without pay after Vox reported Nov. 20 that the White House correspondent, formerly of Politico, acted inappropriately with four young female journalists.

An internal investigation at The Times, which involved interviews with more than 30 people in New York and Washington, found that Mr. Thrush behaved inappropriately, but not to the level of termination.

“While we believe that Glenn has acted offensively, we have decided that he does not deserve to be fired,” Executive Editor Dean Baquet said in a statement.

“We understand that our colleagues and the public at large are grappling with what constitutes sexually offensive behavior in the workplace and what consequences are appropriate,” Mr. Baquet said. “Each case has to be evaluated based on individual circumstances. We believe this is an appropriate response to Glenn’s situation.”

He added that Mr. Thrush was undergoing counseling and substance abuse rehabilitation on his own and that he would receive training “to improve his workplace conduct,” The Times reported.

Mr. Thrush apologized for his behavior in November, explaining that one incident in June, when he allegedly forcibly kissed a 23-year-old woman, finally prompted him to get sober.

“I apologize to any woman who felt uncomfortable in my presence, and for any situation where I behaved inappropriately,” he told Vox at the time. “Any behavior that makes a woman feel disrespected or uncomfortable is unacceptable.

“Over the past several years, I have responded to a succession of personal and health crises by drinking heavily,” he said. “During that period, I have done things that I am ashamed of, actions that have brought great hurt to my family and friends. I have not taken a drink since June 15, 2017, have resumed counseling and will soon begin out-patient treatment for alcoholism. I am working hard to repair the damage I have done.”

He declined to provide comment for The Times report on Wednesday.

Mr. Thrush is also a contributor to MSNBC, which said last month that it was “awaiting the outcome of The Times’s investigation” and that Mr. Thrush had no scheduled appearances.


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