CBS Defends Michael Weatherly After Sexual Harassment Allegations: ‘He’s A Dad’

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CBS is defending its choice to resume the authorized drama “Bull” starring Michael Weatherly, who was accused of sexual harassment final 12 months, by noting that the actor is a father. 

The extremely rated procedural was renewed for a fourth season regardless of former co-star Eliza Dushku claiming Weatherly often harassed her on set by making “merciless” and “aggressive” feedback about intercourse, rape and her look in entrance of solid and crew members. 

The “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” alum reached a $9.5 million settlement with the community in January 2018 after she was written out the present for what she believed was retaliation for talking out concerning the actor’s alleged misconduct. 

CBS Leisure president Kelly Kahl stated on Wednesday on the community’s upfront presentation that he in the end felt comfy welcoming Weatherly again to the community after contemplating the “totality of his work.”

“He’s been with us for 14 years. There’s by no means been any criticism,” Kahl stated of Weatherly, noting the actor’s tenure on “NCIS,” the long-running CBS collection, in response to Selection. “I consider he took every part severely. He desires to maneuver ahead. He’s a dad, he’s a father. He’s upset by this, he desires to make it higher.”

He additionally famous that in mild of Dushku’s expertise, CBS has applied behind-the-scenes measures like a hotline to report abuse, compliance officers on set and “expanded anti-harassment coaching.”

“At first, Michael made a mistake in his feedback, he owned that mistake, he apologized on the time. He was remorseful and he apologized once more when it got here out,”  “He indicated he was prepared to take any sort of teaching, no matter coaching deemed essential to create a constructive setting.”

Weatherly denied having a hand in Dushku’s firing, however the actress painted a special image in a blistering Boston Globe op-ed revealed in December. Dushku known as for a “tradition change” on the community, which has been suffering from allegations of sexual misconduct in recent times involving its former CEO Les Moonves.

Whereas Weatherly expressed regret for his feedback, which he categorized as jokes, it’s unclear whether or not he confronted any actual penalties for his conduct.

“When Eliza instructed me that she wasn’t comfy with my language and try at humor, I used to be mortified to have offended her and instantly apologized,” Weatherly stated in a press release after information of the settlement broke. “After reflecting on this additional, I higher perceive that what I stated was each not humorous and never applicable and I’m sorry and remorse the ache this prompted Eliza.”

The manufacturing firm behind the collection, Amblin Leisure, which was based by Steven Spielberg, severed ties with the present after the allegations got here to mild. 

Spielberg, who donated closely to the Time’s Up group, additionally reportedly sat down with Dushku to debate options for the “systemic imbalance of energy, the abuse and harassment” within the business.

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