A sexual assault lawsuit filed by former ABC “Good Morning America” producer Kirstyn Crawford against news executive Michael Corn and the network has been settled. The lawsuit, which alleged that Corn sexually assaulted Crawford during a work trip in 2015 and created a hostile work environment, was initially dismissed by New York State Supreme Court Judge Barbara Jaffe in June 2022. However, the Appellate Division later reinstated the hostile work environment and sex discrimination claims. The lawsuit was resolved on Friday with a stipulation of dismissal filing, and no definitive ruling on the facts of the case.
The terms of the settlement were not disclosed. Both ABC News and Crawford released a joint statement, expressing that they have resolved their dispute and the lawsuit has concluded. ABC News thanked Crawford for speaking out about her experience, while Crawford thanked ABC News for their prompt response to her formal complaint in 2021.
Michael Corn, who left ABC in April 2021 and joined NewsNation as president the following month, denied the allegations in an August 2021 statement issued through his attorney. ABC stated that an internal investigation found it likely that Corn violated the network’s policies, leading to his termination.
NewsNation, formerly WGN America, is a cable news network owned by Nexstar Media Group. Under Corn’s leadership, the network has faced challenges in ratings compared to its competitors. NewsNation ranked 66th among all cable networks in prime time during the week of September 25, according to Nielsen.