CBS Paid 'Bull' Actress Eliza Dushku $9.5 Million After She Accused Star of Sexual Harassment
The actress appeared in three episodes of the hit show.
CBS paid a secret $9.5 million settlement to actress Eliza Dushku after she accused the star of the hit show "Bull" of sexual harassment, the network acknowledged.
Dushku was written off the series after confronting actor Michael Weatherly about his actions, The New York Times reported Friday.
According to the paper, Dushku appeared on the show last year, and there were "well-developed plans" to make her a show regular, but those plans were allegedly scrapped after she complained about Weatherly.
The actress reportedly said he made a joke about rape to her on set, and threatened to "spank" her in front of cast and crew members.
She entered mediation with CBS, and a network lawyer presented outtakes from "Bull" that were supposed to substantiate CBS' side, The Times reported. Instead, the clips showed some of the harassment, according to the paper.
In a statement, the network said, "The allegations in Ms. Dushku's claims are an example that, while we remain committed to a culture defined by a safe, inclusive and respectful workplace, our work is far from done."
CBS agreed to pay a confidential settlement of $9.5 million, the approximate amount the actress would have been paid as a regular on the show.
Dushku declined comment to Inside Edition. Weatherly did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but he told The Times he had apologized to the actress and now realizes that his language and attempts at humor were inappropriate.
"During the course of taping our show, I made some jokes mocking some lines in the script. When Eliza told me that she wasn't comfortable with my language and attempt at humor, I was mortified to have offended her and immediately apologized. After reflecting on this further, I better understand that what I said was both not funny and not appropriate and I am sorry and regret the pain this caused Eliza," he told the paper.
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