Michael Weatherly’s former “NCIS” co-stars rushed to his protection after it was revealed Friday that CBS paid actress Eliza Dushku $9.5 million in a secret settlement after she accused the “Bull” star of sexual harassment.
Pauley Perrette tweeted, “This man … I like, respect, belief, and I KNOW. TWO a long time of friendship and respect. The perfect. I like you @M_Weatherly All the time and eternally.”
Sasha Alexander additionally posted a selfie with Weatherly, 50, writing, “I’ve been in trenches w/ my pal @M_Weatherly. All the time laughs, true pal & [heart] as large as they arrive.”
On Friday, it was revealed that Dushku, 37, acquired a secret $9.5 million payout from CBS after she complained about Weatherly’s off-color feedback and was written off of “Bull.”
Weatherly denied harassing Dushku intentionally, saying in a press release to The New York Instances, “In the course of the course of taping our present, I made some jokes mocking some traces within the script. When Eliza instructed me that she wasn’t snug with my language and try at humor, I used to be mortified to have offended her and instantly apologized. After reflecting on this additional, I higher perceive that what I stated was each not humorous and never acceptable and I’m sorry and remorse the ache this prompted Eliza.”
Dushku was reportedly written off of the sequence completely after bringing her complaints up the CBS company ladder, regardless of plans for her preliminary three-episode arc to increase right into a full function on the sequence.
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Weatherly denied urging showrunner Glenn Gordon Caron to put in writing Dushku off the present, and Caron claimed the choice was purely a artistic one.
CBS instructed Fox Information in a press release Friday, “The allegations in Ms. Dushku’s claims are an instance that, whereas we stay dedicated to a tradition outlined by a protected, inclusive and respectful office, our work is way from finished. The settlement of those claims displays the projected quantity that Ms. Dushku would have acquired for the stability of her contract as a sequence common, and was decided in a mutually agreed upon mediation course of on the time.”
The allegations towards Weatherly got here out after a number of sexual misconduct allegations have been made towards former CBS CEO Les Moonves.
Moonves, 69, resigned in September after 12 ladies accused him of sexual misconduct. In early December, it was reported that Moonves allegedly misled investigators and destroyed proof associated to the case.