Former ‘GMA’ exec producer facing sexual assault, toxic workplace lawsuit
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Producer Kirstyn Crawford filed a lawsuit against Corn and ABC Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021, accusing Corn of creating a toxic work environment in addition to sexually assaulting her in 2015.
Legal papers also include accusations that Jill McClain, another producer at the network, was also assaulted by Corn more than 10 years ago.
McClain is supporting Crawford’s lawsuit but has not filed her own.
“Both Plaintiff and McClain were traumatized and rendered incapable of reporting the incidents for fear of losing their jobs, since Corn was their supervisor,” reads the lawsuit.
The suit continues to allege that higher ups at ABC “knew or should have known” about the accusations.
Corn departed ABC shortly after the network named Kim Godwin its new news division president, replacing a leadership team that had its own troubles — including separate accusations of offensive remarks and a toxic work environment.
About a month after leaving ABC, Nexstar announced it had hired Corn to lead its NewsNation channel, effectively filling the vacancy when Jennifer Lyons and much of the station’s top management quit in early 2021 after reportedly being concerned about the direction the channel’s programming was headed.
Since Lyons left, the network added an opinion show from a former Fox personality and is preparing to launch a show with Dan Abrams, who is an ABC News legal analyst.
Corn and ABC News did not respond to multiple outlets’ request for comment. Nexstar issued only a generic statement saying it could not comment on Corn’s actions before joining NewsNation.