Young Turks And Reporter Abruptly Part Ways Following Sexual Assault Allegations

The progressive online news show the Young Turks abruptly cut ties with reporter Jordan Chariton, according to an email obtained by The Intercept, after initially placing him on administrative leave following allegations of sexual assault last week.  

Chariton was accused last week of sexual assault by a former employee at Truth Against the Machine, an organization he founded in addition to his work with the Young Turks. Chicago activist Christian Chiakulas first shared the allegations in a piece posted to HuffPost’s contributors section, a platform for self-publishing. HuffPost later took the piece down, according to Chiakulas. 

The Intercept obtained an email that the Young Turks management sent to staff Friday night announcing Chariton’s departure. “Although privacy concerns keep us from discussing the details surrounding this, I wanted to communicate that Jordan is no longer employed by The Young Turks,” the email read.

The announcement came a day after Chariton published a Medium post titled “Explaining My TYT Absence,” that included a detailed and explicit description of the incident at the heart of the allegations, saying he had learned in June that a “consensual sexual encounter” he had was “being portrayed in gossip as something else.” Truth Against the Machine correspondent Chelsea Lyons took to Facebook Live to corroborate Chariton’s version of events. 

In his Medium post, Chariton said he decided to inform his bosses at the Young Turks of the situation, since he has “nothing to hide.”

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 29: Jordan Chariton and Cenk Uygur attend the TYT Watchdog Correspondents' Dinner 2017 on April 29, 2017 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Teresa Kroeger/Getty Images for The Young Turks)

Jordan Chariton attends the TYT Watchdog Correspondents’ Dinner 2017 on April 29, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Photo: Teresa Kroeger/Getty Images

“This was not easy but I believe the truth always wins out,” he continued.

In response, the Young Turks immediately placed Chariton on administrative leave and hired an outside investigator, a move he praised.

“I won’t get into details of the investigation, but I’m 100 percent confident that it will confirm everything I’ve shared here to be truthful,” Chariton wrote. “I am also 100 percent confident that if people seek to speak to women I currently work with or have worked with in the past, they would describe professional and supportive behavior.”

Neither the Young Turks nor Chariton responded to a request for comment. 

Editor’s Note: The Intercept’s D.C. Bureau Chief Ryan Grim is a contributor to the Young Turks. 

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