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Thrush tossed a bill at her and told her to take a cab and leave us, “the grown-ups,” alone. I was wearing a skirt, and he put his hand on my thigh. I pulled myself together and got out of there, shoving him on my way out.
In the morning, Thrush sent me an apologetic email.
I started to believe I had brought this all on myself.
In the course of reporting this story, I was told by a male reporter who’d worked at Politico at the time that my instinct was right.
In a statement, Thrush denied that he disparaged me to colleagues at Politico.
He said that “the encounter described [in this story] was consensual, brief, and ended by me.” The source said that Thrush told versions of this story with different young women as the subject.
People who’ve worked with him say he can get a writer’s name in front of the right editor, if he wants. Some reporters said Thrush had used his connections to help them land jobs or develop new sources. And Lockhart Steele, the editorial director of Vox Media, Vox’s parent company, was fired for misconduct. But he was an incredibly influential person in the newsroom and in political journalism, a world I was still trying to break into in a meaningful way at the time.Sexual harassment claims against yet another powerful man in media inspired New York Times White House correspondent Glenn Thrush to post an impassioned note on his Facebook page in October, calling on his fellow journalists to stand by women entering the field.In the post, which linked to an article about the latest accusations against political journalist Mark Halperin, Thrush wrote, “Young people who come into a newsroom deserve to be taught our trade, given our support and enlisted in our calling — not betrayed by little men who believe they are bigger than the mission.” It was a noble statement — but some Washington journalists I spoke to say it rings hollow, given Thrush’s own behavior with young women in the industry.Five years ago, when Thrush and I were colleagues at Politico, I was in the same bar as Padró Ocasio’s friend — perhaps the same booth — when he caught me off guard, put his hand on my thigh, and suddenly started kissing me.Thrush says that he recalls the incident differently. They were relatively early in their careers compared to Thrush, who was the kind of seasoned journalist who would be good to know. Afterward, they (as I did) thought it best to stay on good terms with Thrush, whatever their feelings.