Former President Donald Trump faced years of unproven allegations related to sexual misconduct with the mainstream media serving as a constant purveyor of such claims.
Now, one of those news outlets is facing harsh accusations of its own.
Details of the case
According to the Los Angeles Times, ABC News is at the center of a scandal involving a former executive accused of sexually harassing other employees. The network stands accused of covering up the claims and doing nothing to hold the alleged perpetrator accountable.
Former Good Morning America producer Kirstyn Crawford filed a lawsuit in New York this week claiming that ex-network executive Michael Corn sexually assaulted her.
The suit also names ABC and top executives for allegedly learning of the accusations in 2017 and neglecting to address the situation.
As the Wall Street Journal reported, Crawford’s lawsuit details involving her own allegations as well as claims involving World News Tonight producer Jill McClain, who has not formally joined the suit but reportedly voiced support for the effort.
Crawford says her encounter with Corn came in 2015 and the incident involving McClain took place several years earlier. Both incidents are said to have been reported up the chain of executives by 2017.
“We need an independent person”
Corn left the network abruptly in April and is now the president of news at NewsNation, which is part of the Nexstar Media Group. He has reportedly denied the allegations against him.
The lawsuit maintains that ABC executives were informed of Corn’s alleged behavior but “looked the other way, elevated corn through the ranks due to his commercial success as a producer, and facilitated the hostile workplace that Corn cultivated through his influence over subordinates’ careers, sexual harassment, gaslighting, and anger management issues.”
Furthermore, Crawford alleges that an internal investigation was ultimately conducted, which was “in line with ABC’s culture of sweeping sexual assault under the rug to protect its brand” and the network “did not publicly acknowledge Corn’s malfeasance.”
That could change, however, since ABC News President Kim Godwin is reportedly calling for an independent probe into the claims included in the lawsuit.
“We can’t have us investigating us,” she said in a conference call leaked to the media. “We need an independent person. The process has to be independent.”