Eliza Dushku accused her “Bull” co-star Michael Weatherly of sexual harassment.
Actress Eliza Dushku accused of “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.
Dushku, 37, 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 alleged verbal sexual harassment allegedly included talk about a threesome with Dushku, a rape joke, and comment on spanking her over his knee, as well as comments about Dushku’s appearance.
Weatherly told the Times that many of his comments were jokes made within his character is flirtatious in nature.
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He said in a statement, “in the course of taping our show, I made some jokes, mocking some of the lines in the script. When Eliza told me that she was not satisfied with my language and attempt at humor, I was mortified to have offended her and immediately apologized. After one look at this further, I can better understand that what I said was not funny and not appropriate, and I am sorry and regret the pain that this caused Eliza.”
Dushku reportedly facing Weatherly about his behavior and brought it to the attention of the “Taurus” writer and producer Glenn Gordon Caron and was then allegedy written out of the show very suddenly.
Dushku believed that they would be dismissed from retaliation; Weatherly and Caron each denied the allegations to The New York Times.
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“It is my reminder that I not tell anyone how they should do their work with respect to the hiring or firing of the others,” Weatherly said, while Caron claimed that the writing of Dushku character from the series was purely creative.
“The idea that our not in the exercise of its option to become a member of the series in one way or another punitive simply could not be further from the truth,” Caron said.
Dushku was reportedly paid $9.5 million, an estimate of what her pay would have been if they had remained on the law procedural for four seasons as a series regular. The actress declined to comment to the Times about her experiences.
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“The allegations in Ms. Dushku claims are an example, that, while we remain committed to a culture that is defined by a safe, supportive and respectful work environment, our work is not yet ready,” a spokesman for CBS, told Fox News in a statement. “The settlement of these claims reflects the estimated amount that Ms. Dushku would have received for the balance of her contract as a series regular, and was determined in a mutually agreed mediation process in the time.”
The news comes on the heels of multiple allegations of sexual misconduct levied against former CBS CEO Les Moonves.
Moonves, 69, resigned in September after 12 women accused him of sexual misconduct.
Earlier this month it was reported that Moonves allegedly deceived investigators and destroyed evidence in the sexual misconduct probe.
Dushku the manager does not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment on its liquidation.
A rep for Weatherly not immediately return a request for comment.