Kirstyn Crawford, a producer for Good Morning America, accused ABC News of retaliating against her after she filed a sexual assault complaint against former executive producer Michael Corn. In an amendment to her lawsuit, the plaintiff alleged that the network retaliated “by not offering her the job security and salary increase that she deserved.”
It was reported that Crawford, who originally filed an official lawsuit against ABC and Michael Corn last month, claimed that she was denied a proper extension to her previous contract, as well as a justified increase to her annual compensation. Kirstyn Crawford alleged that ABC refused to give her a proper raise because she made a formal complaint about her former colleague in February becausewho Michael Corn was providing tremendous commercial success for the network.
According to The Wrap, the amended lawsuit was filed Wednesday. In it, Kirstyn Crawford formally alleged that ABC retaliated against her for her accusations against Corn and the network. She claimed that after her formal complaint to ABC in February, having detailed her alleged sexual assault experience with Corn, the network did not give her a proper contract extension or pay increase.
In 2018, Crawford had received a three-year contract, which is typical for the network. “It was not until July 2021, approximately four months after Crawford made the formal complaint, and just one month before her 2018 contract was set to expire, that ABC reached out to Crawford about her expiring contract,” the lawsuit alleged.
“Instead of offering Crawford another three-year contract,” it continued, “ABC merely offered a six-month extension and did not even offer a nominal salary increase.” The lawsuit maintained that these actions were consistent with a form of retaliation and that the network knowingly responded this way in its attempt to get back at Kirstyn Crawford for her sexual assault complaint.
In the revised lawsuit, dated Sept. 15, it was said that “as early as 2017, ABC learned of Corn’s sexual assault on Plaintiff. Yet ABC did nothing to protect Plaintiff or remove Corn from his position of power. Indeed, Plaintiff has reason to believe that ABC was also aware of other women who complained about Corn. Instead, ABC looked the other way and elevated Corn through the ranks due to his commercial success as a producer.”
Its failure to take action against Corn was previously alleged in Crawford’s August complaint. In it, the lawsuit accused ABC of facilitating “the hostile workplace that Corn cultivated through his influence over subordinates’ careers, sexual harassment, gaslighting, and verbal and physical abuse. As a result, Plaintiff suffers from psychological trauma and a stalled trajectory to her budding career at ABC.”
In Wednesday’s amendment, the lawsuit alleged that “as a direct and proximate result of Defendants’ actions and inactions, Crawford suffered and continues to suffer actual damages, including monetary damages, damages to her reputation and career through retaliation, psychological and emotional pain, mental anguish, fear for her physical safety, and humiliation.”
In response to Kirstyn Crawford’s lawsuit, ABC News issued a statement, saying that “we are committed to upholding a safe and supportive work environment and have a process in place that thoroughly reviews and addresses complaints that are made.” It continued, explaining that the network “disputes the claims made against it and will address this matter in court.”
The other defendant, Michael Corn, claimed that the allegations were “demonstrably false,” vehemently denying any and all accusations made by the plaintiff. The former executive producer has since departed Good Morning America, taking a position as president of Nexstar’s NewsNation. He abruptly took the position back in April, just two months after Kirstyn Crawford came forward about his alleged sexual assault to ABC News executive.