Actress Eliza Dushku mentioned she was fired from the CBS collection “Bull” after she accused her co-star Michael Weatherly of sexual harassment.
The stunning revelation comes simply days after the New York Occasions reported the 37-year-old was written off the collection earlier than she was granted a secret $9.6 million settlement from CBS.
The star signed on to the collection in March 2017 for a three-episode arc with plans to turn into a collection common however alleged that Weatherly, 50, promptly made inappropriate feedback to and about her in entrance of castmates and crew members not lengthy after she started work on the present.
“Weatherly harassed me from early on,” Dushku, 37, wrote in an op-ed for the Boston Globe on Wednesday. “The tapes present his supply to take me to his ‘rape van, full of all kinds of lubricants and lengthy phallic issues.’ There was additionally his fixed name-calling; enjoying provocative songs (like ‘Barracuda’) on his iPhone after I approached my set marks; and his comment about having a threesome.
“He made the threesome comment to me about himself and me in a room full of individuals. Minutes later, a crew member sidled up subsequent to me and, with a smirk, mentioned in a low voice, ‘I’m with Bull. I wanna have a threesome with you too.’”
Reps for CBS and Weatherly didn’t instantly return Fox Information’ request for remark.
Dushku claimed that for weeks, Weatherly was recorded making sexual feedback, in addition to “mimicking penis jousting with a male costar” whereas additionally continuously referring to the actress as “legs.”
“He repeatedly commented on my ‘ravishing’ magnificence, following up with audible groans, oohing and aahing,” defined Dushku. “Because the tapes present, he preferred to boast about his sperm and vasectomy reversals (‘I need you to know, Eliza, I’ve highly effective swimmers’). Weatherly had a behavior of exaggerated eye-balling and leering at me; as soon as he leaned into my physique and inhaled, smelling me in a dramatic swoon. As was caught on tape, after I flubbed a line, he shouted in my face, ‘I’ll take you over my knee and spank you want slightly lady.’”
Dushku additionally revealed Weatherly had allegedly bragged about his friendship with fallen CBS chief government Les Moonves. The 69-year-old resigned in September after 12 ladies accused him of sexual misconduct.
Dushku wrote that Weatherly “wielded this particular friendship [with Moonves] as an amulet and, as I can see now, as a menace.”
Dushku added she needed to endure Weatherly’s conduct for as much as 12 hours a day for weeks whereas filming the collection.
“This was traditional office harassment that turned office bullying,” she defined. “I used to be made to really feel dread almost on a regular basis I used to be in his presence. And this dread continues to come back up each time I consider him and that have.”
Based on Dushku that she by no means acquired an apology from Weatherly. As an alternative, she was fired shortly after she tried to resolve the problem on her personal by talking with him.
“Framing my request as a plea for ‘assist’ in setting a distinct tone on the set, I requested him to ‘be my ally’ and to ‘assist ease the sexualized set feedback,’” she mentioned.
The actress mentioned she discovered “uneasy solace” that she “would receives a commission for no less than a few of my contract” and that as a part of her settlement, CBS was required to “designate a person educated in sexual harassment compliance to watch Weatherly and the present typically.”
“I’m nonetheless attempting to make sense of how this might occur, particularly in these occasions … However I do really feel it’s my responsibility to reply truthfully and totally to CBS, Michael Weatherly, and [‘Bull’ showrunner] Glenn Gordon Caron’s newest revisionist accounts,” she wrote.