GMA hosts George Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts ‘at war’ over sexual assault lawsuit

Good Morning America hosts George Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts are said to be at war over a recent sexual harassment lawsuit filed against a former producer, with Roberts furious that staff, including Stephanopoulos, were allegedly aware of the claims years ago. used to be.

The lawsuit was brought against Michael Corn last week by Kirstyn Crawford, 31, who alleges he kissed her head and rubbed her legs in 2015. The lawsuit also includes a claim by Jill McClain, who worked with Corn on World News Tonight in 2010. says he rubbed her vagina on her jeans during a red-eye flight in 2010.

Corn, who left ABC earlier this year, has strenuously denied the allegations and vowed to fight them.

On Monday, his lawyer DailyMail.com delivered emails from one of the accusers to him the day after he allegedly assaulted her, telling him he’s the “best.”

The lawsuit described how Crawford told Stephanopoulos about the claims in 2017.

Stephanopoulos then told Heather Riley, then senior director of publicity, Derek Medina, then senior vice president of corporate affairs, and Tanya Menton, vice president of litigation affairs, but Crawford chose not to file a formal complaint.

It wasn’t until earlier this year that both women filed formal complaints with ABC management and Corn left the network.

According to ABC employees quoted by: The everyday beast Roberts was furious on Monday that more was not done in 2017.

During a phone call with other staff, she raged, “If this had happened to anyone on my team, I would have set the place on fire.”

Robin Roberts was furious that people at ABC, including George Stephanopoulos, were aware of the sexual assault allegations in 2017 and furious that she “would have burned the case down” if “this happened to someone on my team”

Some saw it as a dig at her co-host, who wasn’t on the phone, but to whom the comment came back.

Roberts then called Stephanopoulos to smooth things out.

“Robin and George are doing well. She personally told him she was not referring to him and called the team the next day to reiterate that her comment was not about one person,” said ABC News spokesman Caragh Fisher.

Stephanopoulos has not commented on the lawsuit or claims that he and others at ABC News were aware of the allegations in 2017.

The allegations are directed against former senior executive producer, Michael Corn.  He has vehemently denied the allegations

The allegations are directed against former senior executive producer, Michael Corn.  He has vehemently denied the allegations

The allegations are directed against former senior executive producer, Michael Corn. He has vehemently denied the allegations

Corn’s lawyer Libbey Locke issued a statement on his behalf last week vehemently denying the claims.

“I strongly deny any allegations that I have had inappropriate sexual contact with a woman. Kirstyn Crawford’s claims are demonstrably false – and I’m sending concurrent emails to prove it. Hours after the alleged incident, Mrs Crawford offered to bring me coffee and breakfast to my hotel room and asked for my hotel room number as she did not know – the same room where she now claims this incident took place. That same day, she repeatedly offered me to share a cart with her. And the same day, after I helped her with a work problem, she emailed me, “why are you so great?” These are not the words and actions of a woman who had been attacked hours before.

“Jill McClain’s allegations are made up for a while. After I allegedly touched her on an airplane, Jill repeatedly booked our future air travel to sit next to me, invited me to her wedding — including a pre-wedding event limited to her immediate family and closest friends — and she communicated repeatedly told me and my wife that she missed me after she left her position at ABC. These are not the words and actions of a woman who has been attacked.

“I will pursue all available legal remedies against these women and defend myself vigorously.”

Emails obtained by DailyMail.com on Monday show that the couple spoke via email the day after the alleged incident.

They talked all day about Stephanopoulos’ travels, and the next day where Corn Crawford praised her work.

In her lawsuit, she says that both she and McClain were afraid to report the allegations because he was their supervisor.

Kirstyn Crawford says Corn kissed her head, rubbed her legs and burst into her room drunk during a trip to Los Angeles to cover the Oscars in 2015, when she was about 25 years old.

Kirstyn Crawford says Corn kissed her head, rubbed her legs and burst into her room drunk during a trip to Los Angeles to cover the Oscars in 2015, when she was about 25 years old.

Jill McClain, who worked with Corn on another show, says the producer rubbed her vagina on her jeans during a red-eye flight from Los Angeles in 2010.

Jill McClain, who worked with Corn on another show, says the producer rubbed her vagina on her jeans during a red-eye flight from Los Angeles in 2010.

Kirstyn Crawford (left) says Corn kissed her head, rubbed her legs and burst into her room drunk during a trip to Los Angeles to cover the Oscars in 2015, when she was about 25 years old. Jill McClain, who worked with Corn on another show, says the producer rubbed her vagina on her jeans during a red-eye flight from Los Angeles in 2010.

Emails from the morning after the alleged incident, which Crawford said happened in the back of an Uber and then at the hotel, undermine what she says in the lawsuit.

She said that the morning after, Corn “not only failed to acknowledge his inappropriate and unforgivable behavior, but was contemptuous and rude to Crawford, making Crawford feel self-conscious and uncomfortable.”

She also claimed that “the Monday after the sexual assault incident against Crawford, Corn was particularly curt.

“He exploded in Crawford because Stephanopoulos decided he wanted to leave the show early and go home, something he did regularly. Corn yelled at Crawford that she had failed in her sole task of making sure Stephanopoulos stayed in the studio.

“Corn later tried to apologize and acknowledge that Crawford only has so much control, but this continued to be a pattern of harassment from Crawford.”

Morning after emails paint a picture of a friendly relationship.

On Sunday, February 22, among the many exchanges between the pair, she said in one: “Hahaha why are you so amazing.”

On Monday, his lawyer DailyMail.com delivered emails from one of the accusers to him the day after he allegedly assaulted her, telling him he’s the “best.”

She also invited him to share a ride in George’s car with her, writing, ‘I’m taking George’s car to Lowes to check him in.

‘You are welcome to join, but im [sic] begging the driver to go in on the way in, that’s no joke’ and offered to bring him coffee, food and Advil.

At 10:05 a.m. on Monday, February 23, she emailed him at 7:03 a.m., “Thank you. Seriously thanks for everything. Have a safe flight!’

He replied, ‘Thank you. You made this trip so much fun. And so easy. I know it was a bear but you smoothed it all out and gs [George] did great. See you in New York.”

ABC News president Kim Goodwin has launched an independent investigation into the allegations.

‘We cannot allow ourselves to be examined. We need an independent person. The process must be independent,” she said during a conference call with staff.

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