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.

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.

Judge OKs $15M settlement over rape of incapacitated woman

A judge has approved a $15 million settlement against a doctor in a lawsuit by the parents of an incapacitated woman who was sexually assaulted and later gave birth at a Phoenix long-term care center, marking the last of several deals to resolve legal claims over the rape.

The settlement made on behalf of Dr. Phillip Gear, who cared for the woman for 26 years while she lived at Hacienda Healthcare, was deemed reasonable last week by a judge. But the insurer for Gear, who died late last year, said in court papers it has no obligation to pay the amount, arguing the doctor’s policy didn’t cover claims arising from a sexual act.

All Entertainment, Media Men Accused of Sexual Misconduct Post Weinstein

The Harvey Weinstein scandal, which was exposed by early October reports published in The New York Times and The New Yorker, opened the floodgates for women, and men, to come forward and share their stories of sexual misconduct, harassment and assault.

Despite their claims being leveled against some of the most powerful figures in Hollywood and media — from celebrated stars to high-ranking agents and executives — the alleged victims have collectively claimed to be empowered by the changing tide, spirit of the #MeToo movement and of once-dismissed voices now being heard. 

The Hollywood Reporter takes a look at the most notable of the accused figures who have been hit with misconduct allegations in the wake of the Weinstein allegations, and what the response has been to the claims. This is a developing list 

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