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Multiple former employees say there is a “rampant culture of sex” at ABC News.
After ousted “GMA3” co-anchors T.J. Holmes and Amy Robach’s marriage- and career-torpedoing affair made headlines late last year, it was revealed that Holmes, 45, allegedly engaged in at least three other workplace romances, two of which were with junior staffers.
One of whom, “Sascha,” spoke to The Cut anonymously for an exposé published Tuesday, confirming what a well-placed source implied in an interview with Page Six last month — that Holmes and Sascha, a then-associate producer in her mid-20s, would have sex in his office.
Our source described Holmes as being “in a position of power over her.”
But Sascha told The Cut she “didn’t even think about power dynamics” at the time because the network’s nightly program, on which she and Holmes both worked, “was a pretty scandalous place.”
Though she’d heard rumors that certain women had been promoted after having affairs with executives, she said she was left “heartbroken” and feeling like a “throwaway object” when Holmes — who had apparently shown a “crazy amount of interest” in her initially — left the overnight show to focus on “Good Morning America.”
Her feelings were amplified after news of his other affairs broke.
“I was just part of a pattern,” she admitted to the outlet, adding that she “thought [she] was special.”
Since the culture of office relationships has apparently been “a pretty well-known problem for a long time,” Ruth believes Holmes is being used as a “sacrificial lamb.”
When “Julie” — a former ABC News employee — wasn’t advancing within the company, she told The Cut she recalled thinking, “What’s wrong with me? If I had slept with someone, would I have been more likely to have gotten one of these jobs?”
And “Alicia” — a former ABC News producer — admitted that it “never occurred” to her to tell HR when an older co-worker made an “inappropriate” pass at her because she thought, “This is just what happens, right?”
She added that after she began dating a seemingly different older co-worker, one executive “turned very, very sour on [her]” — but not on her male counterpart.
“I wasn’t mature enough to have the foresight not to screw around and put my career in jeopardy,” she said.
Reps for Holmes had no comment when contacted by Page Six, while a spokesperson for ABC News told us in a statement, “We do not condone or allow harassment or intimidation of any kind and take these matters very seriously and with immediacy.
“Creating a safe, respectful, and professional work environment for everyone has been, and continues to be, a top priority at ABC News.”
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