ABC News accused of staging crime-scene shot for GMA

(Rachelle Spence/WSPA Photo)
(Rachelle Spence/WSPA Photo)

NEW YORK (AP) — ABC News says it is investigating one of its producers after seeing evidence that a live camera shot on “Good Morning America” Friday was enhanced by falsely stringing police tape in the background.

Reporter Linsey Davis was reporting from a field in Woodruff, South Carolina, about a woman allegedly held captive in a storage container by a registered sex offender.

Behind her was a yellow police tape with the words, “Sheriff’s Line Do Not Cross.” Yet a wide photograph of the scene shows the police tape was actually tied to pieces of ABC’s camera equipment. The incident was first reported by CNN.

ABC spokeswoman Julie Townsend said the doctored shot was “completely unacceptable.” The report’s producer has been called back as ABC investigates the incident.