CBS secretly paid actress Eliza Dushku $9.5 million after she complained to the network about sexual harassment on the set of the hit prime-time drama “Bull” — including a rape joke, comments about her appearance and a dirty quip about a threesome, The New York Times reported.
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She said she was written out of the show after she complained, the report said.
Her mediation case against the network was reportedly bolstered by video outtakes that captured the abuse — which were originally dug up by the network in an attempt to find dirt on the actress.
Dushku was on the show in its first season for three episodes in 2017, but she expected her character to become a mainstay in the drama. She said her time on “Bull”, however, was marred by the behavior of star Michael Weatherly, the report said.
In one instance during filming, Dushku’s character held up three fingers and Weatherly allegedly ad-libbed a response to her about having a threesome with two men. A crew member later came up to her and said “I’m with Bull,” implying that he’d join her and Weatherly in the ménage à trois, according to the report.
While filming another scene, Weatherly ad-libbed another sexually explicit joke about a taking her to a “rape van.”
And in front of the cast and crew, Weatherly said “here comes legs,” referring to Dushku. He also said he would bend her over his knee and spank her, according to the report.
Dushku, who previously starred on “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” says she confronted Weatherly about the abuse and her character was written out of the show within days, according to the Times.
During the mediation process, CBS combed back into outtakes of the show in an effort to bolster their case and find Dushku looking bad by cursing. The videos also, however, were a “gold mine” of proof of the sexual harassment, the report said.
The accusations were detailed in a report by lawyers hired by the network to investigate a number of sexual misconduct allegations made by women at CBS.
The Times obtained a draft of the lawyers’ report.
In a statement to the newspaper, Weatherly apologized but said he did not work to get her fired from the show after she complained about the comments.
“During the course of taping our show, I made some jokes mocking some lines in the script,” Mr. Weatherly said in the statement.
“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 … I am sorry and regret the pain this caused Eliza.”
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