USA network CBS is standing behind its decision to renew the show Bull, which stars Michael Weatherly, shortly after the actor was accused of sexual harassment. "He indicated he was willing to take any kind of coaching, whatever training deemed necessary to create a positive environment".
Actress Eliza Dushku, known for her work on "Buffy The Vampire Slayer", claimed she was written out of the show "Bull" after she alleged the star actor Michael Weatherly made comments about her appearance and jokes about rape in 2017, according to a report published Wednesday by the Associated Press.
Weatherly was accused by fellow "Bull" actor Eliza Dushku of sexual harassment during her brief time on the series in its second season.
In a stinging Boston Globe op-ed, Dushku outlined in great detail the atmosphere on the CBS procedural - including lewd comments Weatherly allegedly made toward her - that led to her lodging a formal complaint.
According to CBS entertainment president Kelly Kahl, it was enough that Michael Weatherly regretted the behavior that upset Eliza Dushku and acknowledged he had made a mistake.
"During the course of taping our show, I made some jokes mocking some lines in the script", Weatherly said in the statement to the publication.
Eliza Dushku played J.P. Nunnelly, a legal fixer who was also a romantic interest for Weatherly's character.
She was then paid US$9.5 million by CBS in a secret settlement - reportedly the amount she would have earned if she had remained on the show. "After reflecting on this further, I better understand that what I said was both not amusing and not appropriate and I am sorry and regret the pain this caused Eliza".
The network has taken a number of measures to improve its handling of workplace misconduct, including enhanced training and an anonymous hotline, Kahl said.
"When we looked at the totality of the situation", Kahl continued, "we felt comfortable bringing it back on the air". "Weatherly's behavior was captured on CBS's own videotape recordings".
Although Kahl kept reiterating his confidence that Weatherly took the incident seriously and moved forward positively, not everyone involved with the show agreed. There's never been any complaint. "He wants to make it better".