New Yorker fires star political reporter over alleged ‘improper sexual conduct’

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The New Yorker has parted ways with its Washington correspondent, Ryan Lizza, following a review of what it called “improper sexual conduct.”

“The New Yorker recently learned that Ryan Lizza engaged in what we believe was improper sexual conduct,” the magazine said in a statement Monday afternoon. “We have reviewed the matter and, as a result, have severed ties with Lizza. Due to a request for privacy, we are not commenting.”

Lizza, who had served as the New Yorker’s Washington correspondent for the past decade, is also a CNN contributor. A CNN spokesperson said the network had just learned of the New Yorker’s decision.

“Ryan Lizza will not appear on CNN while we look into this matter,” the spokesperson said.

In his own statement on Monday, Lizza insisted he had done nothing untoward and said the New Yorker had erred in its decision.

“I am dismayed that The New Yorker has decided to characterize a respectful relationship with a woman I dated as somehow inappropriate,” Lizza said. “The New Yorker was unable to cite any company policy that was violated. I am sorry to my friends, workplace colleagues, and loved ones for any embarrassment this episode may cause. I love The New Yorker, my home for the last decade, and I have the highest regard for the people who work there. But this decision, which was made hastily and without a full investigation of the relevant facts, was a terrible mistake.”

The news represents the latest round of allegations related to sexual conduct against a powerful man in media. And it may mark the downfall to one of Washington’s most visible political reporters.

It was Lizza who, earlier this year, reported on the profane tirade from Anthony Scaramucci that marked the beginning of the end of Scaramucci’s brief time in the White House.

CNNMoney (New York) First published December 11, 2017: 5:24 PM ET

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