Inside Disney’s Handling of the ABC News Sexual Assault Allegations

When writer Jay Carson was doing research in the fall of 2017 to develop “The Morning Show,” an Apple TV+ drama about a scandal at a morning newscast, he spoke to ABC News producer Kirstyn Crawford.

Mr. Carson wanted to know about the prevalence of sexual harassment in the TV news business, as it was going to figure into the plot of the show. In the course of those conversations, Ms. Crawford told him she had been sexually assaulted two years earlier by her boss, Michael Corn, the top producer of ABC’s biggest revenue earner, “Good Morning America,” people familiar with the discussion said.

Suit: Fairfax Police Officers Protected Sex Trafficking Ring

A federal lawsuit filed by a prominent civil rights attorney alleges that police officers in Fairfax County protected a sex trafficking ring in Northern Virginia in exchange for free sex from the trafficked women.

The lawsuit also names former Fairfax County Police Chief Ed Roessler as a defendant, alleging that he helped cover up for the officers when another detective’s work threatened to expose their wrongdoing.

The suit was filed on behalf of a Costa Rican woman identified in the lawsuit only as “Jane Doe.” It says the officers would tip off the trafficking ring to suspend its online advertisements in advance of sting operations run by police.

DOJ reaches a historic settlement against a landlord accused of sexually exploiting tenants

A New Jersey landlord has agreed to pay $4.5 million in damages to resolve a lawsuit alleging he demanded sexual favors from tenants and applicants so they could keep or receive housing, the Justice Department announced in a news release Tuesday.

The settlement, which still has to be approved by the US District Court for the District of New Jersey, is the largest monetary settlement the Justice Department has ever obtained in a case involving sexual harassment in housing, the release said.

“This lawsuit and historic settlement send a clear message that the Department will not stand by idly as landlords abuse their power to prey on vulnerable tenants,” 

Seattle archdiocese settles sexual abuse lawsuit for $725,000

Seattle’s Catholic archdiocese has agreed to pay a Washington woman $725,000 as part of an early dispute resolution to her lawsuit alleging that an unidentified employee repeatedly sexually abused her at the Catholic school she attended in Bellevue more than four decades ago.

“Even though we filed the lawsuit, the archdiocese’s lawyers agreed to interview my client, and once they heard her and understood the nature of what happened, they didn’t have any doubt that this occurred,” said Darrell Cochran, the woman’s attorney. “They accepted it and moved forward to do the right thing.”

Columbia University agrees to $71 million sexual abuse settlement

Columbia University announced a settlement Wednesday with dozens of women who say their former gynecologist, Robert Hadden, abused them while he was their doctor. The $71.5 million settlement was reached with 79 women.

Claims by dozens of other patients have not been settled.

In 2014, New York State prosecutors filed criminal charges against Hadden for sexual assault involving six women. In 2016, he agreed to plead guilty to two individual counts of a criminal sex act in the third degree and forcible touching. The plea deal included no jail time and a downgrade in sex-offender status to the lowest level — meaning he is not listed in New York State’s online sex offender registry.

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