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Mother Jones Washington Bureau chief David Corn is facing his second investigation for inappropriate conduct in three years, Politico reported Friday.
Reps for the left-skewing magazine told Politico that they had investigated Corn three years ago over allegations of inappropriate physical contact between him and female staffers and charges of making inappropriate jokes.
In addition, Mother Jones management will look at a new set of emails containing additional allegations against Corn.
Representatives for Mother Jones were not immediately available for comment.
“What we heard about in the past were concerns about nonsexual touching (patting on the shoulder, slapping on the back, poking in the arm),” Mother Jones editor-in-chief Clara Jeffery and CEO Monika Bauerlein told Politico. “At no time did anyone claim that any kind of sexual touching occurred. In fact, the people who raised concerns about touching told us that they did not consider it sexual, but simply didn’t want any physical contact at all.”
Corn also issued his own statement categorically denying misbehavior but conceding that his past actions may have been misinterpreted.
“I am an exuberant person and have been known to pat male and female colleagues on the shoulder or slap them on the back, but always in a collegial or celebratory way,” he told Politico. “I have never touched any work colleague in a sexual manner. Once concerns were raised about this type of contact, I have been mindful to avoid it to prevent any misperception. If anyone ever perceived any of this as ‘sexual’ or ‘domineering,’ I am sorry — that was never my intent.”
The Corn troubles are only the latest in a string of allegations against powerful men in media and entertainment that has roiled the industries.
Since the New York Times’ explosive Harvey Weinstein exposé last month, NBC contributor Mark Halperin, actor Kevin Spacey, NPR’s top editor Michael Oreskes and many others have all faced consequences after accusations of professional misconduct.