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  • The New York Times has suspended Glenn Thrush, a White House correspondent, while it investigates several allegations of sexual misconduct against him.
  • Several women told Vox that Thrush acted inappropriately with them when they were in their 20s and relatively inexperienced journalists and while he was an influential Washington reporter.
  • Thrush called one of the encounters "consensual" and said he was "deeply sorry" about another.


Glenn Thrush, a prominent White House correspondent for The New York Times, has been suspended and is facing an investigation after four women accused him of sexual misconduct in a Vox report published Monday.

Laura McGann, the author of Vox's article, said Thrush put his hand on her thigh and suddenly started kissing her when the two were at a bar in Washington, DC, five years ago. At the time, both worked for Politico.

McGann said she rejected his advances and left the bar. She said a male Politico colleague recently told her about a conversation he had with Thrush the next day in which Thrush said McGann had come onto him at the bar and that he had "gently shut it down."

The colleague told McGann, she said, that Thrush often told that same story with different female colleagues as the subject and that Thrush painted himself as the "grown-up" who stopped things from escalating.

Thrush told Vox in a statement that the encounter with McGann was "consensual, brief, and ended by" him.

Another woman who also worked at Politico told Vox that sometime in late 2012 or early 2013, she and Thrush ended up at her home after they'd had a lot to drink.

The woman said that Thrush abruptly left when she rejected his advances and, at one point, told him, "Wait, you're married."

"I remember that by the time he left, I didn't have much clothes on," the woman said, adding that she does not feel as though Thrush pressured her into anything.

One of the woman's friends told Vox that "she kept reemphasizing that they were both really drunk, that it was consensual."

"And she did not believe it was an assault," the woman's friend said. "But I do remember she was very rattled and upset and ashamed of what she saw as her role in it."

A third woman told Vox that she had an awkward encounter with Thrush at a Politico party in 2013. Thrush went up to talk to her, the woman said, and then gave her a wet kiss on her ear.

"It all happened very quickly, and he leaned in very quickly" the woman recalled. "At the time, I remember thinking ... adults sometimes kiss each other on the cheek. Then sometimes they miss and slobber on your ear. It was my way of thinking this wasn't as weird as I thought."

A fourth woman told Vox that she was left in tears one night in June after rebuffing Thrush's advances.

She said she and Thrush were at a bar when he suggested they leave and go to another. The woman then texted two of her friends and said she was "nervous about this Glenn situation," Vox reported, citing screenshots of the messages.

Her friends told her to take an Uber home, but the woman left the bar with Thrush after he suggested they get some fresh air, she told Vox.

Once they were outside, the woman said, Thrush tried to hold her hand several times as she kept pulling away. She also recalled that she panicked when Thrush kissed her but that it was interrupted when one of her friends, a journalist named Bianca Padro Ocasio, called her to check up on her.

The woman then called an Uber, and Thrush started kissing her again while she waited, she said. When she started crying, he walked away "waving his hand flippantly," the Vox report said.

'I don't lure anybody ever'

Padro Ocasio contacted Thrush afterward to confront him about his behavior, screenshots she provided to Vox show.

"I want to make sure you don't lure young aspiring women journalists into those situations ever again," she texted him, according to the screenshots. "So help me out here. How can I do that?"

"I don't lure anybody ever," Thrush responded, the screenshots show. "I got drunk because I got some shitty health news. And I am acutely aware of the hurdles that young women face in this business and have spent the better part of 20 years advocating for women journalists."

According to the screenshots, he added that he needed to "be more understanding of the power dynamics in casual situations" because he wasn't "25 and just starting out anymore." He also said that he felt "like a jerk" and that he would make it up to Padro Ocasio's friend.

"I feel really strongly about not creating a toxic environment," he wrote, the screenshots show.

Before speaking to Padro Ocasio, Thrush sent the woman an email apologizing for his actions, the Vox report says. The woman told the news outlet that she accepted his apology because she felt pressured to remain on good terms with Thrush, given his reputation in Washington media circles.

In a statement to Vox on Sunday, Thrush apologized 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 said.

He said the incident with the woman in June was a "life-changing event" for which he was "deeply sorry." He added that he had been to counseling and was seeking treatment for alcoholism.

The Times said in a statement to Vox that the allegations against Thrush were "very concerning and not in keeping with the standards and values of The New York Times."

"We intend to fully investigate and while we do, Glenn will be suspended," the statement said. "We support his decision to enter a substance abuse program. In the meantime, we will not be commenting further."

Politico CEO Patrick Steel called the allegations "serious and disturbing" and said the kind of behavior described in the Vox report was unacceptable and "will not be tolerated, period," at Politico.

The allegations against Thrush are the latest in a series of accusations of sexual misconduct against powerful men in Hollywood, the news media, and politics since those against the film producer Harvey Weinstein were first detailed in a Times report last month.