An ABC News staffer filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Michael Corn, the former top producer of "Good Morning America," alleging he sexually assaulted her and fostered a toxic work environment.
Kirstyn Crawford, a producer on the morning show, alleged that Mr. Corn assaulted her in 2015 during a business trip to Los Angeles, according to the suit, which was filed in New York state court.
The suit also alleges that former ABC News producer Jill McClain was sexually assaulted by Mr. Corn when the two worked at ABC’s "World News Tonight" roughly a decade ago. Ms. McClain isn’t a plaintiff in the suit, but is supporting Ms. Crawford’s case, according to the complaint.
The suit also names ABC, a unit of Walt Disney Co. DIS -0.29% , as a defendant, alleging the company received complaints about Mr. Corn’s conduct from several women, going back roughly a decade, but failed to take disciplinary action.
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ABC officials learned of Ms. Crawford’s allegations in 2017, but only launched an investigation into Mr. Corn’s conduct after Ms. Crawford and Ms. McClain filed formal complaints to the company in February of this year, according to the suit.
Mr. Corn left the company in April. Neither ABC nor Mr. Corn provided a reason for his exit. In May, Mr. Corn joined Nexstar Media Group Inc. NXST -0.15% as president of NewsNation, the three-hour evening national newscast that airs on the WGN-TV cable channel.
Mr. Corn and his lawyer didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. Representatives for ABC News, Disney and Nexstar didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.
Mr. Corn, as senior executive producer of "Good Morning America," was one of the most powerful people in television news. The show is the top-rated morning news program and the biggest generator of advertising revenue for ABC News. Mr. Corn had been executive producer of "GMA" since 2014.
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Prior to that, he was executive producer of "World News Tonight" when Diane Sawyer was anchor. At the time of his departure from the network, Mr. Corn was a member of the Office of the President of ABC News.
Ms. Crawford, who is a producer for "Good Morning America" co-anchor George Stephanopoulos, is seeking unspecified damages, citing emotional and physical distress, among other fallout from the alleged incident.