Undercover Video: CNN Producer Accused of Sexual Harassment

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by David Nussman  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  October 24, 2019   

Secret cameras catch employees discussing senior staffer's behavior

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DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - Undercover video exposes allegations of sexual harassment by a CNN senior employee.

New video from watchdog group Project Veritas shows CNN workers saying that Steve Brusk, CNN Politics Supervising Producer, has acted inappropriately toward young female employees.

Rick Saleeby, Senior Producer of The Lead with Jake Tapper, told an undercover journalist from Project Veritas that he witnessed Brusk apparently making advances on a 21-year-old female employee at a party:

So there's this girl that was 21. She's actually a good friend of mine. She had just gotten hired after being an intern. ... There was a going-away party for a co-worker. We were all having a really good time, she was very well liked. We were getting drunk. He was partying. She was drunk. He started, like, staying close to her, putting an arm around her. She had a skirt on. I could see the hand. I, like, grab her. It looked like I was being the assaulter because I grabbed her so aggressively, to keep her from him.

The undercover journalist asked further questions about the incident. Saleeby said he later discovered that Brusk "had already been accused of things prior," but admitted he did not "know the level of" those prior accusations.

He started, like, staying close to her, putting an arm around her. She had a skirt on. I could see the hand.

Saleeby also said Brusk would "try and build up emails to the level where he would get flirty and inappropriate."

When asked why Brusk has not been fired, Saleeby remarked, "I mean, he's been at CNN for like 20 years. So who knows?"

Likewise, Nick Neville, a media coordinator at CNN, recalled Brusk appearing to show undue favoritism to a female employee.

"A job just kind of appeared out of nowhere," Neville said, "and it was never posted online. And this girl always worked pretty closely with Steve."

James O'Keefe, head of Project Veritas, called Brusk for comment on the allegations made against him in the undercover videos. Brusk said he appreciated O'Keefe's decision to reach out to him, but referred him to "CNN public relations."

A journalist from Project Veritas approached Brusk in person to ask for his response.

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Project Veritas approaches Brusk in person. (screenshot)

"I'll let our P.R. people talk to you about that," Brusk said.

When the journalist asked if he would like to see the undercover footage, Brusk said, "Um, no, sir. I'm happy to put you in touch with our P.R. people."

O'Keefe claims that he and his staff called "over half a dozen people within CNN's communications department," but "to no avail."

This latest video from Project Veritas is the fourth part of the watchdog group's "Expose CNN" series.

Church Militant reported on Oct. 15 on the first video in the series, which showed evidence that CNN President Jeff Zucker has a vendetta against President Donald Trump.

In one of the secret recordings of morning meetings, Zucker accuses Fox News of spreading "fake news conspiracy nonsense."

Zucker also said, "I know that there's a lot of people at CNN that are friendly with Lindsey Graham. Time to knock that off, and it's time to call him out. And, you know, I think he's under full-time contract now with Fox News."

Whistleblower Cary Poarch, a satellite uplink contractor who worked at CNN's Washington, D.C. bureau, commented to Project Veritas, "He was calling Fox News fake news and a propaganda machine. And with what I saw, that's pretty much what CNN was. Like, it's just pumping out propaganda."

The second and third videos in the "Expose CNN" series shed more light on anti-Trump bias and favoritism to Democrats.

In September 2018, Project Veritas put out a video exposing a State Department employee for working on emails for the Democratic Socialists of America during work hours.

The organization released a video in October 2018 about a Democrat senator casting herself as more moderate than she actually is for a re-election campaign.

Project Veritas released a report in June this year on undercover footage of a Google executive speaking about big tech's role in "preventing the next Trump situation." Then, Google leaker Zachary Vorhies identified himself publicly in a Project Veritas video in August.

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