Former ‘Good Morning America’ Producer Is Accused of Sexual Assault

A producer on the ABC News program “Good Morning America” accused Michael Corn, a former senior govt producer of the present, of sexually assaulting her and making a poisonous work setting in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in opposition to Mr. Corn and ABC.

Kirstyn Crawford stated within the lawsuit that Mr. Corn sexually assaulted her in 2015 throughout a piece journey to Los Angeles to cowl the Academy Awards. Mr. Corn denied the allegations in an announcement on Wednesday.

In the go well with, which was filed in New York State courtroom, Ms. Crawford stated Mr. Corn had assaulted her throughout an Uber trip and in a resort. The assaults traumatized Ms. Crawford, a producer for George Stephanopoulos on “Good Morning America,” and triggered her profession to stall, in keeping with the grievance.

The go well with additionally names ABC, which is owned by the Walt Disney Company, as a result of its executives “knew or should have known that Corn had a propensity to sexually harass female colleagues and that he perpetuated a hostile work environment at ABC,” in keeping with the submitting.

In the go well with, Ms. Crawford accused Mr. Corn of additionally sexually assaulting Jill McClain, a former ABC News producer, whereas working together with her a decade in the past at “World News Tonight.” Ms. McClain shouldn’t be a plaintiff within the case however allowed her account for use as half of the lawsuit “in support of Crawford,” the grievance stated.

In an announcement supplied by his lawyer, Mr. Corn stated, “I vehemently deny any allegations that I engaged in improper sexual contact with another woman.” He added that he “will be pursuing all available legal remedies against these women and defending myself vigorously.” He known as Ms. Crawford’s allegations “demonstrably false” and stated Ms. McClain’s accusations have been “equally as fabricated.”

The accused producer, Michael Corn, left ABC News in April and took a job on the cable community NewsNation in May.Credit…Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC, by way of Getty Images

The lawsuit additionally accused Mr. Corn of fostering a piece setting that allowed ladies to be discriminated in opposition to and marginalized. The Wall Street Journal reported earlier on the go well with.

“For both Kirstyn and Jill, who is supporting her, the healing process has begun,” Milton L. Williams, the lawyer representing the 2 ladies, stated in an announcement. He stated the ladies declined to remark.

Ms. Crawford and Mr. Corn labored collectively at ABC News headquarters in New York. He left the community in April. In May, he joined Nexstar Media Group because the president of information at its nationwide cable community, NewsNation, previously WGN America. Nexstar stated in an announcement that it had “no comment on anything that may or may not have happened prior to Mr. Corn’s employment with Nexstar.”

In the go well with, Ms. Crawford stated ABC executives have been conscious of her allegation in opposition to Mr. Corn in 2017. She added that ABC didn’t examine the matter till she and Ms. McClain made formal complaints to ABC via their attorneys in February this yr.

In November 2017, Mr. Stephanopoulos informed Ms. Crawford that he had heard concerning the alleged sexual assault, urged her to report it and knowledgeable ABC executives and a lawyer for the community of the accusation, in keeping with the lawsuit. Mr. Stephanopoulos stated in an e-mail that the account was correct and that he had no additional remark.

ABC News disputed the lawsuit’s claims and stated in an announcement that it might deal with them in courtroom.

“We are committed to upholding a safe and supportive work environment and have a process in place that thoroughly reviews and addresses complaints that are made,” the corporate stated.

“Good Morning America” is a profitable program for ABC because the top-rated morning information present and a constant winner of Emmy Awards. Mr. Corn joined this system in 2014 after heading “World News Tonight.”