Actress gets $9.5m compensation for sexual harassment
The investigation of sexual misconduct allegations against former CBS President Les Moonves has revealed that actress Eliza Dushku was paid a confidential settlement of $9.5m from the company, after she alleged that co-star Michael Weatherly sexually harassed her while filming Bull last year, Yahoo! reports, quoting the New York Times.
Dushku, who was hired to play the love interest of Weatherly’s character on the dramedy inspired by the early career of Dr. Phil McGraw, filmed three episodes of the show and was supposed to appear in more. However, Dushku was written off the show following her complaints that Weatherly had made inappropriate comments.
Dushku said Weatherly made a joke about her wanting to have a threesome with him and asked her to go to his “rape van.” He allegedly called her “legs” and said in front of others that he would spank her over his knee.
Dushku declined to comment for the NYT story, but both CBS and Weatherly offered words.
“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,” a statement from the network read.
“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.”
Weatherly offered an apology.
“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 humour, I was mortified to have offended her and immediately apologised.
“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.”