In August 2021, The Wall Street Journal broke a story about former ABC News employee Kirstyn Crawford accusing high-ranking Good Morning America executive Michael Corn of sexual assault. Crawford alleged that the misconduct occurred during a 2015 work trip.
Per a The New York Times article on the subject:
Kirstyn Crawford said in the lawsuit that Mr. Corn sexually assaulted her in 2015 during a work trip to Los Angeles to cover the Academy Awards. Mr. Corn denied the allegations in a statement on Wednesday.
In the suit, which was filed in New York State court, Ms. Crawford said Mr. Corn had assaulted her during an Uber ride and in a hotel. The assaults traumatized Ms. Crawford, a producer for George Stephanopoulos on “Good Morning America,” and caused her career to stall, according to the complaint.
Just this week, Crawford amended her lawsuit — now filed with the New York State Supreme Court — to indicate that she was punished by Disney and ABC after speaking out. Crawford and her legal team allege that she did not receive a customary raise earlier this year after bringing the incident in question to her superiors in February 2021.
Now, it seems that senior ABC staffers have had it with the way The Walt Disney Company has been handling the situation at ABC. A new report notes that Disney TV Chairman Peter Rice has not responded to many employees’ complaints about the ongoing drama at the news network, and that they are becoming “livid.”
The article goes on to note:
Multiple ABC News staffers are reportedly angry that despite promises to clean up the culture at the network, the three executives who, according to the lawsuit, were made aware of the sexual-assault allegations in 2017 “have faced little accountability.” These executives include ABC News VP of publicity (and George Stephanopoulos‘ main comms contact) Heather Riley, ABC News EVP Derek Medina, and ABC lawyer Tanya Menton…
At the time of publication, neither Disney nor ABC has publicly commented on the lawsuit against Michael Corn. However, a new GMA executive producer, Simone Swink, was named on August 29, 2021, following Corn’s abrupt exit in April 2021, presumably due, in part, to this situation.
Furthermore, another report indicates that the “bombshell” lawsuit against Corn has GMA hosts George Stephanopolous and Robin Roberts at “each other’s throats”, though a rift between the two remains unconfirmed.
Stay tuned to Inside the Magic for more on this developing story.