TJ Holmes allegedly had sex with a much younger subordinate while on the job.
A source claimed to DailyMail.com on Thursday that Holmes had a months-long relationship with Jasmine Pettaway, then 24, in 2015 — while the now-hung “GMA3” co-host was married to his now-estranged wife, Marilee Febig. .
“He was a predator who took full advantage of his position, and was a hothead,” claimed the source, who was said to have known Betaway — the script coordinator — well at the time.
“This was Jasmine’s first real job on television, and it was a big deal for her,” continued the source, who spoke to the outlet on the condition of anonymity. “She was looking for a mentor, and she came into contact with many people. TJ was someone who was responsive, but completely abused her position of trust.”
According to reports, Pettaway and Holmes, who joined the ABC News staff in September 2014, often worked the same shifts.
“Holmes was a drinking person, and he and Jasmine started doing that,” the insider claimed, noting that the 45-year-old “was a reporter at the time.”
The whistleblower went on to claim that the first time it “became sexual” was “in his office” – just “a few hours” before it went on air.
The insider claimed to The Mail, “They had sex, and I know she was confused later as to what that meant.”
According to the source, Holmes’ alleged behavior with Betaway was not unusual, but rather part of “incredibly reckless” behavior on his part.
The announcer once allegedly “got handy” with Pettaway in public over drinks, according to the report.
“He doesn’t seem to care,” said the source, claiming that Holmes was “getting dressed [wedding] ringing” at that time.
The pair’s alleged affair “fizzled” after a few months, leaving the insider to wonder if Holmes was “someday invested in being a mentor at all.”
It was all on his terms. The whistleblower claimed he was interested then he wasn’t, adding, “Nobody talked about abuse of power at the time, but things happened.”
ABC’s source tells Page Six EXCLUSIVELY that, “There is already an internal investigation underway to see if anything happened between TJ and Jasmin Pettaway.”
“She was only working at ABC News for a short period of time, but if they had had an affair when he was her boss, that would be a huge problem for TJ,” adds our source.
ABC declined to comment.
Holmes’ behavior in the workplace first made headlines in November 2022 when his months-long affair with then-married “GMA3” presenter Amy Robach was revealed.
After the network launched an investigation into the nature of Colleagues’ relationship, it was reported that Holmes had romantic affairs with at least two other staff members, including married producer Natasha Singh.
“The feeling is TJ and Amy aren’t getting back together,” our source tells us. “HR and executives are looking for a way to hang them up, and that might be the case for him.”
The insider notes: “He and Amy are even, but if he’s having an affair with a follower, that’s a surefire case for his separation.”
Representatives for Holmes and Robach declined to comment.
Pettaway did not immediately return calls from Page Six.