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Eliza Dushku Breaks Silence on Michael Weatherly Harassment Settlement

Eliza Dushku Breaks Silence on Michael Weatherly Harassment Settlement

Eliza Dushku is speaking out after it was revealed that she was paid $9.5 million in a settlement with CBS after making a harassment claim against Bull co-star Michael Weatherly.

In an essay for the Boston Globe, the 37-year-old actress fought back against Michael‘s “deceptive” narrative about the situation and how she was treated for “simply asking to do my job without relentless sexual harassment.”

Eliza says that Michael made inappropriate commentary including an “offer to take me to his ‘rape van,’” requests for a threesome and to spank her.

“This is not a ‘he-said/she-said’ case. Weatherly’s behavior was captured on CBS’s own videotape recordings,” Eliza explained.

She added, “After weeks of enduring Weatherly’s harassment, I resolved to deal with it directly…Framing my request as a plea for ‘help’ in setting a different tone on the set, I asked him to ‘be my ally’ and to ‘help ease the sexualized set comments.’ Weatherly responded with, ‘Eliza, no one respects women more than I do,’ citing his many sisters and his professed history of being ‘too respectful of women.’”

Moments after the conversation, Michael asked to have Eliza exit the show and she was written off within 48 hours.

Eliza explained, “Weatherly texted CBS Television President David Stapf about 40 minutes after our conversation and asked for what amounted to my being written off the show. Specifically, Weatherly complained that I had a ‘humor deficit.’”

Since the settlement, CBS has hired a sexual harassment compliance to monitor the show, but Eliza would still like to meet with director Steven Spielberg, whose Amblin Television produces Bull.

Read Eliza‘s entire essay on BostonGlobe.com.

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  • Maria M.

    She would like to meet Steven Spielberg, LOL.

  • Robert

    Good for her.

  • plez

    Talk about tone deaf. Weatherly deserves all this negative attention.

  • Liz

    Specifically, Weatherly complained that I had a ‘humor deficit.’”
    This really resonates with me, not because it has been said to me by men, but by women, at many different jobs where people have made comments about my ethnicity, hair, and weight. I work in an industry that is mostly made up by women and women can be as vicious and mean as men.

  • Liz

    Specifically, Weatherly complained that I had a ‘humor deficit.’”
    This really resonates with me, not because it has been said to me by men, but by women, at many different jobs where people have made comments about my ethnicity, hair, and weight. I work in an industry that is mostly made up by women and women can be as vicious and mean as men.

  • Liz

    Specifically, Weatherly complained that I had a ‘humor deficit.’”
    This really resonates with me, not because it has been said to me by men, but by women, at many different jobs where people have made comments about my ethnicity, hair, and weight. I work in an industry that is mostly made up by women and women can be as vicious and mean as men.

  • cutitout

    The show was already established, the people had a casual rapport that she walked into. She did not get their humor and ultimately did not fit so she did not need to be there. Bottom line is once you complain about something everyone else is OK with you become the odd man out. ‘rape-van” is like “wife beater” it is a running joke that is pretty common among men and women.

  • cutitout

    The show was already established, the people had a casual rapport that she walked into. She did not get their humor and ultimately did not fit so she did not need to be there. Bottom line is once you complain about something everyone else is OK with you become the odd man out. ‘rape-van” is like “wife beater” it is a running joke that is pretty common among men and women.

  • Lewisbieber

    she learned the art of extortion from amber heard. CBS settled due to bad publicity from the dirty Moonves scandal where they hid his crimes away for decades

  • Jesse Wood

    I believe her because i’m a man and i know how men are