“Buffy” and “Dollhouse” actress Eliza Dushku has received a $9.5 million settlement from CBS after she says she was the subject of several inappropriate comments on the set of “Bull” by its star Michael Weatherly reports The New York Times.
Dushku appeared in the first season of the procedural in a three-episode arc with plans to make her a regular cast member. However whilst on set, Dushku says Weatherly repeatedly made sexual remarks and jokes in her presence. Dushku said she approached Weatherly to tell him the remarks made her uncomfortable, and shortly thereafter her character was written off the show. Weatherly issued an apology to the Times, saying:
“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.”
In a statement to the paper, CBS says:
“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. The settlement of these claims reflects the projected amount that Ms. Dushku would have received for the balance of her contract as a series regular, and was determined in a mutually agreed upon mediation process at the time.”
This follows on from a wave of sexual harassment and assault allegations at the highest levels of CBS including former CEO Leslie Moonves who was ousted after many sexual assault allegations, along with “This Morning” co-host Charlie Rose and “60 Minutes” executive producer Jeff Fager, both of whom were forced out following similar accusations.
Actress Cybill Shepherd spoke with SiriusXM about Moonves yesterday, saying her late 1990s sitcom was abruptly cancelled after she refused an advance from Moonves. The proposed $20 million that was originally earmarked for severance for Moonves will instead go to 18 different organizations that work to eliminate sexual harassment in the workplace.