A former senior “Good Morning America” producer is accused of sexually assaulting two female employees on the ABC show during his tenure.
Anchor producer Kirstyn Crawford, 31, filed a lawsuit alleging that top executive producer Michael Corn sexually assaulted her after a work gathering in February 2015 when he was heavily intoxicated.
Crawford reportedly took an Uber back to her hotel room after covering the 2015 Academy Awards in Los Angeles, and Corn hopped into her ride.
He “grabbed Crawford’s hand and told her that he wanted to be able to help her with her career,” during the trip, then held her head to his chest and kept telling her to ‘just relax’ and kept asking ‘why are you so tense?’”
The suit claims he kissed her and stroked her legs while she attempted to get away, but he pulled her right back” to him. Upon reaching the hotel, Corn claimed to lose his room key as a “devious ploy” to get into Crawford’s, but she accompanied him to his own to keep Corn out of her rented room.
Once in his hotel room, Corn “pulled her down onto the bed and pulled her head onto his chest,” while she lay “frozen in fear.” She managed to escape to her own room, but Corn busted in and she had to plead with him to leave until he complied.
In her Wednesday filing, Crawford claimed that former employee Jill McClain, was also sexually assaulted by the producer in 2010 and 2011. The women reportedly discussed the events earlier this year and jointly reported their assaults to ABC in February, and Corn was forced to resign in April.
McClain was allegedly assaulted by Corn on a September 2010 flight, when he “slid his hand from McClain’s upper right thigh to her vagina,” and began to rub “her vagina, over her jeans.”
In April 2011, he drunkenly entered her hotel room, shoved her on the bed, yanked down her top, and groped her bare chest. After she shoved Corn off and screamed at him to get out, he left “in a huff.”
Crawford is suing ABC and Corn for unspecified damages for perpetuating a “toxic” work environment after the network learned of the allegations in 2017 and did nothing to protect her, nor did they remove “Corn from his position of power.”