CBS Defends Bull Renewal Following Sexual Harassment Settlement Against Star Michael Weatherly
(NEW YORK) — CBS defended its determination to resume the drama sequence Bull after settling a sexual harassment declare towards its lead Michael Weatherly, saying the actor “owned” and apologized for his on-set conduct towards actress Eliza Dushku.
Dushku stated she was written off the present after complaining that Weatherly remarked on her look and made jokes involving intercourse and rape in entrance of solid and crew in early 2017. Final 12 months, the allegation and a $9.5 million confidential settlement reached with Dushku had been made public in a report by The New York Times .
“We found out about it when you did,” and seemed on the matter with “fresh eyes” earlier than making a call on the present’s future, CBS Leisure President Kelly Kahl instructed a information convention held Wednesday to introduce CBS’ 2019-20 schedule, which incorporates Bull. “First and foremost, what we found was Michael made a mistake in his comments. He owned that mistake. He was apologetic at the time” and apologized once more when it got here out, Kahl stated.
In renewing Weatherly’s sequence, CBS thought-about the actor’s lengthy tenure on the community, together with greater than a decade on NCIS, Kahl stated. There have been no complaints about Weatherly earlier than or after Dushku’s, he stated.
“So, after we have a look at the totality of the state of affairs, we felt comfy bringing Bull again on the air,” he stated. Requested in regards to the determination by Amblin Leisure to withdraw from its work on the sequence following its renewal, Kahl stated he couldn’t reply for them.
The community has taken quite a few measures to enhance its dealing with of office misconduct, together with enhanced coaching and an nameless hotline, Kahl stated.
It’s a difficulty that has battered the corporate on the highest ranges. Former CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves, considered one of TV’s most influential figures, was ousted in September after allegations from ladies who stated he subjected them to mistreatment together with pressured oral intercourse, groping and retaliation in the event that they resisted. Moonves is preventing the corporate’s determination to disclaim his $120 million severance bundle.
In its December 2018 story final 12 months reporting the Dushku matter and settlement, the Occasions stated particulars together with the settlement grew to become recognized when the CBS Corp. board employed outdoors attorneys to look at misconduct claims towards Moonves and to look into CBS as an entire.