On Thursday, ABC News reported that a source with knowledge of the decision confirmed that ABC News was being forced to fire Peter Brown, the network’s former chief correspondent.
The story cited anonymous sources, and Brown’s lawyer did not immediately respond to CNNMoney’s request for comment.
On Friday morning, Brown released a statement to CNN, saying the decision had nothing to do with the story.
“My thoughts and prayers are with my family and the thousands of people who have suffered, and the millions of dollars in damages that have been suffered, at the hands of the corrupt media,” Brown wrote.
Brown added that ABC has made “every effort to work through this matter” and that the network has “full confidence in Peter Brown.”
The network had already announced it would no longer be covering the case, saying it is investigating allegations that Brown had a conflict of interest in the reporting.
Brown, who was also at the center of a $1 million settlement with the station over the 2014 sexual harassment scandal, was fired by the network in December.
Brown was accused of sexual harassment and misconduct by multiple women in a series of interviews and stories in 2015, according to the New York Times.
The former reporter is also the subject of a book, “Peter Brown: The Price of Truth.”