AN ABC News worker claims the Disney-owned network failed to supply her a contract extension as retaliation after she accused a now-former, high-powered govt of sexual harassment. 

Last month, “GMA” producer Kirstyn Crawford filed a lawsuit in path of former “Good Morning America” star producer Michael Corn, accusing him of sexual harassment and fostering a poisonous work surroundings. Corn denied all wrongdoing.

AN ABC News employee claims the Disney-owned network failed to offer her a contract extension as retaliation after she accused a now-former, high-powered network executive of sexual harassment. (REUTERS/Aly Song)

AN ABC News worker claims the Disney-owned network failed to supply her a contract extension as retaliation after she accused a now-former, high-powered network govt of sexual harassment. (REUTERS/Aly Song)
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Crawford, who filed an amended model of the bombshell swimsuit in New York Supreme Court on Wednesday, now claims ABC News punished her for talking out. 


The amended model claims that Crawford’s contract as a producer for “Good Morning America” anchor George Stephanopoulos was not renewed after she spoke out in path of the network’s dealing with of her claims. 

“After Crawford complained of Corn’s sexual harassment and a hostile work environment to ABC, ABC retaliated against her by not offering her the job security and salary increase that she deserved,” the grievance claims. 

The grievance claims that Crawford signed a three-year contract in 2018 and the Disney-owned network “typically” reaches out to barter a mannequin new deal “at least a few months” earlier than the contract is about to run out. The grievance notes {{{that a}}} pay improve is commonly included. 

“However, after Crawford made the formal complaint in February 2021, ABC delayed reaching out to Crawford about a new contract,” the grievance states. “It was not until July 2021, approximately four months after Crawford made the formal complaint, and just one month before her 2018 contract was set to expire, that ABC reached out to Crawford about her expiring contract. Instead of offering Crawford another three-year contract, ABC merely offered a six-month extension and did not even offer a nominal salary increase.”

Disney and ABC News denied Crawford’s declare. 

“Ms. Crawford’s most recent allegation that ABC retaliated against her in connection with her contract negotiations is untrue,” an ABC News Spokesperson instructed Fox News. 


Crawford stays to be working at ABC News, with out a contract, consistent with the Wall Street Journal

“ABC knew, or should have known, about the sexual harassment and failed to take corrective action for many years,” the swimsuit alleges. 

The lawsuit furthermore claimed Corn – who abruptly left ABC in April – sexually assaulted one completely different ABC worker that reported to him, Jill McClain, who shouldn’t be listed as a plaintiff. It alleges that Corm “assaulted McClain on two separate occasions—once on a redeye flight from Los Angeles to New York, and once in London—both times while traveling with McClain” for enterprise.

“ABC 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. As early as 2017, ABC learned of Corn’s sexual assault on Plaintiff. Yet ABC did nothing to protect Plaintiff or remove Corn from his position of power,” the grievance states. “Indeed, Plaintiff has reason to believe that ABC was also aware of other women who complained about Corn. Instead, ABC looked the other way and elevated Corn through the ranks due to his commercial success as a producer.”

The swimsuit continued: “ABC facilitated the hostile workplace that Corn cultivated through his influence over subordinates’ careers, sexual harassment, gaslighting, and verbal and physical abuse. As a result, Plaintiff suffers from psychological trauma and a stalled trajectory to her budding career at ABC.” 

Last month, ABC furthermore denied the preliminary claims and the network plans to deal with them in courtroom docket. 


“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. ABC News disputes the claims made against it and will address this matter in court,” an ABC spokesperson instructed Fox News. 

The lawsuit alleges that Corn’s sudden April 2021 resignation acquired proper right here after an investigation of alleged wrongdoings. Corn has denied all wrongdoing 

“I vehemently deny any allegations that I engaged in improper sexual contact with another woman. Kirsten Crawford’s claims are demonstrably false,” he talked about in a press launch remaining month. “McClain’s allegations are equally as fabricated… I will be pursing all available legal remedies against these women and defending myself vigorously.”

Crawford is within the hunt for damages to be decided at a trial by jury “for lost opportunities and to otherwise make Plaintiff whole for any losses suffered as a result of Defendants’ actions… for humiliation, mental anguish, emotional distress, and injury to reputation,” consistent with the swimsuit. 

ABC News star George Stephanopoulos was aware that a top producer was accused of sexual harassment but continued to work with him, according to a lawsuit. 

ABC News star George Stephanopoulos was acutely conscious {{{that a}}} extreme producer was accused of sexual harassment nonetheless continued to work with him, consistent with a lawsuit. 

A longtime ABC News insider instructed Fox News remaining month that Stephanopoulos “should be ashamed of himself” for his place contained in the budding scandal. The swimsuit alleges he turned conscious about the claims in 2017 nonetheless Corn remained the “Good Morning America” govt producer and labored straight with Stephanopoulos till his sudden resignation in April 2021.

“Disney says they’re focused on cleaning up the culture at ABC News, yet here we go again with top executives who are still covering up and silencing women,” the ABC News insider instructed Fox News. “Also we now know George Stephanopoulos was fully aware that his top producer was accused of sexual assault yet all he did was refer the accuser to managers who did not act, and the top producer remained in place for years.” 

Disney has since confronted stress to conduct an intensive, impartial investigation of how ABC News dealt with the alleged incidents.