“Disney must not only hire an outside law firm to investigate the malfeasance at ABC News but they must also release the results to the public,” an ABC News insider told Fox News on the condition of anonymity.
A lawsuit filed this week by ABC News producer Kirstyn Crawford, 31, accuses former “좋은 아침 미국” executive producer Michael Corn of sexual assault, which he has strongly denied. The lawsuit also names ABC as a defendant, alleging the Disney-owned company failed to act after receiving complaints about the former “GMA” executive producer.
The lawsuit claimed ABC “did nothing to protect Plaintiff or remove Corn from his position of power.” The suit claims Crawford told star anchor George Stephanopoulos and other executives about the alleged harassment but no action was taken. Stephanopoulos continued to work directly with Corn for four years after allegedly being informed of Crawford’s harassment claim.
“만약 [Disney executive] Peter Rice is actually serious about cleaning up the culture there, he must be ready to clean house should the investigation reveal yet another craven cover-up,” the insider added.
ABC News President Kim Godwin has reportedly called for Disney to do just that, but it’s unclear if ABC’s parent company will listen.
고드윈, who took over as president of ABC News in April, has been tasked with cleaning up what was largely considered a toxic workplace culture under previous boss James Goldston. 뉴욕 포스트 reported earlier this year that Rice was “so focused on finding a replacement to fix the culture that he often spent the bulk of his interviews with job candidates talking about it” before ultimately hiring Godwin.
Now that Godwin is in charge, she reportedly wants to get to the bottom of the previous regime’s handling of allegations against Corn.
“Godwin told staffers on a conference call Thursday that she has requested an independent investigation into how the network handled allegations of sexual assault against the former executive producer of ‘Good Morning America,’” The Wall Street Journal reported 목요일에.
“We can’t have us investigating us. We need an independent person,” Godwin reportedly continued. “The process has to be independent.”
Disney did not immediately respond when asked if the company will enlist an outside investigator.