connectVideoEliza Dushku got $9.5 M after harassment by Michael Weatherly
Actress Eliza Dushku accused ‘Bull’ co-star Michael Weatherly of sexual harassment and was written out of the series before they got a secret $9.5 million settlement from CBS, The New York Times reports.
Actress Eliza Dushku said that she was fired from the CBS series “Bull” after she accused her co-star Michael Weatherly of sexual harassment.
The shocking revelation comes just days after the New York Times reported the 37-year-old was written off the series before they got a secret $9.6 million settlement from CBS.
The stars signed on to the series in March 2017 for a three-episode arc with plans to be a series regular, but claimed that Weatherly, 50, quickly made inappropriate comments to and about her in front of castmates and members of the crew not long after they started working on the show.
“Weatherly harassed me from early on,” Dushku, 37, wrote in an op-ed for the Boston Globe on Wednesday. “The tyres are offer to me, ‘rape, is filled with all types of lubricants and a long phallic things.” There was also his constant name-calling; the play of provocative songs (such as ‘Barracuda’) on his iPhone when I approached my set of marks; and his remark about having a threesome.
“He made the threesome comment to me about himself and me in a room full of people. Minutes later, a member of the crew sidled up next to me and with a grin, said in a low voice, ” I’m with a Taurus. I want a threesome with you.'”
Reps for CBS and Weatherly not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment.
Dushku claimed that for weeks, Weatherly was recognized for making sexual comments, as well as “the imitation of the penis joust with a male costar” while also often referring to the actress as “legs.”
“He regularly commented on my ‘gorgeous’ beauty, with an audible sigh, oohing and aahing,” said Dushku. “If the tapes show, he liked to brag about his sperm and vasectomy reversals (“I want you to know, Eliza, I have powerful swimmers’). Weatherly was in the habit of excessive eye-balling and leering at me; as he leaned into my body and inhaled the smell of me in a dramatic swoon. So was caught on tape, after I flubbed a line, he shouted in my face, ” I will take you over my knee and spank you like a little girl.'”
Dushku also appeared Weatherly had allegedly bragged about his friendship with cases, CBS chief executive Les Moonves. The 69-year-old resigned in September after 12 women accused him of sexual misconduct.
Dushku wrote that Weatherly “used this special friendship [Moonves] as an amulet, and as I now see, as a threat.”
Dushku added, they had to endure Weatherly behaviour for up to 12 hours a day, for weeks during the filming of the series.
“This was a classic harassment at work workplace bullying,” she explained. “I was made to feel dread almost the entire time I was in his presence. And this fear continues to come when I think of him and that experience.”
According to Dushku that she never received an apology from Weatherly. Instead, she was fired shortly after she tried to resolve the problem on her own by speaking with him.
“Framing my request as a plea for ‘help’ in setting a different tone on the set, I asked him to ‘my ally’ and to ‘help relieve the sexual set of comments,” she said.
The actress said that she felt “uncomfortable comfort” that they would get paid for at least some of my contract”, and that as part of its liquidation, CBS was required to “designate an individual trained in sexual harassment and monitoring compliance Weatherly and the show in general.”
“I’m still trying to understand how this could happen, especially in these times … But I have a feeling that it is my responsibility to respond honestly and thoroughly to CBS, Michael Weatherly, and [‘Bull’ showrunner] Glenn Gordon Caron ‘ s latest revisionist accounts,” she wrote.