Walt Disney Co. isn’t pursuing an independent investigation into how the network handled sexual-assault allegations against the former top producer of ABC’s "Good Morning America," the show’s executive producer told staffers earlier this week.
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Simone Swink, the executive producer of "GMA," said during a staff meeting on Monday that an outside probe into the departure of Michael Corn as senior executive producer of the top-rated morning news program "is not happening at this time," according to a recording of the meeting.
ABC News President Kim Godwin told staff last month that she requested an independent probe into the matter, The Wall Street Journal reported. The decision not to move forward with an investigation was disclosed to Godwin, Swink and other top ABC staffers in a meeting last Friday held by Peter Rice, who in his role as Disney’s chairman of general entertainment content oversees the news unit, according to the recording.
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"Peter said it was beyond his sphere of influence to ask for an outside investigation of the Walt Disney Company," Swink told "GMA" staffers in the Monday meeting.
A spokesman for ABC News and a spokeswoman for Disney declined to comment.