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CBS Defends Keeping Michael Weatherly's 'Bull' on Air Despite Eliza Dushku's Allegations

Michael Weatherly faced an accusation of sexual harassment from Bull co-star Eliza Dushku last year and now CBS is defending their decision to continue airing the series.

Dushku was paid $9.5 million in a settlement with the network when she was written off the show after filing the sexual harassment claim.

Michael Steven Spielberg‘s production company Amblin Entertainment pulled out as producers after the allegations went public.

“I can’t speak for Amblin, but to us, it’s a show that does very well,” CBS network head Kelly Kahl said at the TCA Summer Press Tour (via Variety). “It’s a very popular show. More than 10 million people watch every week. Michael is loved by our audience, and even after these allegations came out, people continued to watch. It’s a popular show we want to keep on our air, and it’s a very good show as well.”

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Michael Weatherly's 'Bull' Loses Steven Spielberg as Producer

The hit series Bull, starring Michael Weatherly, is losing Steven Spielberg and Amblin Television as producers.

Spielberg and the heads of his production company Amblin TV have served as executive producers on the CBS legal drama for the first three seasons. The show was just renewed for a fourth season, but they will not continue.

The reason? They reportedly don’t want to be associated with the series after Weatherly was accused of sexual harassment by co-star Eliza Dushku, according to Deadline.

CBS paid out a $9.5 million settlement to Dushku after she was written off the show. Her exit happened after she reported Weatherly and the settlement she received reflected the amount she would have made if she finished out her contract with the show.

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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.

Pauley Perrette Shows Support for Michael Weatherly Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

Pauley Perrette is speaking out to show support for her former NCIS co-star Michael Weatherly after he was accused of sexual harassment on the set of his new series Bull.

Eliza Dushku was written off the series and later received a secret settlement of $9.5 million from CBS after she filed a complaint against Weatherly.

Michael released a statement in a New York Times article about the settlement in which he apologized for his actions on set.

In her tweet, Pauley said, “This man… I love, respect, trust, and I KNOW. TWO decades of friendship and respect. The best. I love you @M_Weatherly Always and forever.”

Eliza Dushku Paid $9.5 Million by CBS Over Sexual Harassment Claim Against Michael Weatherly

Eliza Dushku was paid $9.5 million by CBS in a secret settlement after she reportedly made a sexual harassment claim against her co-star Michael Weatherly.

The 37-year-old actress appeared on three episodes of the CBS series Bull earlier this year and was expected to have a larger role on the series, but she was written off the show.

The $9.5 million settlement that Eliza received represents the amount of money she would have made if she remained on the show for the duration of her contract.

“The allegations in Ms. Dushku’s claims are an example that, while we remain committed to a culture defined by a safe, inclusive and respectful workplace, our work is far from done,” CBS said in a statement to The New York Times. “The settlement of these claims reflects the projected amount that Ms. Dushku would have received for the balance of her contract as a series regular, and was determined in a mutually agreed upon mediation process at the time.”

The settlement was discovered during an investigation into the allegations against former CBS president Les Moonves.

Michael responded to the allegations with an apology. He said, “During the course of taping our show, I made some jokes mocking some lines in the script. 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. After reflecting on this further, I better understand that what I said was both not funny and not appropriate and I am sorry and regret the pain this caused Eliza.”

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Shemar Moore Puts His Ripped Abs on Display for 'Watch!' Magazine

S.W.A.T. star Shemar Moore is showing off his hot, shirtless beach body on the cover of one of CBS’ Watch! magazines new issues.

The 47-year-old actor did his shirtless beach shoot at the Wailea Beach Resort in Maui, Hawaii. During his interview, he spoke about career, spirituality, food splurges, travel, and more. Be sure to catch Shemar on S.W.A.T., airing on Thursdays on CBS.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Shemar Moore

Also seen on separate covers are CBS Sunday Morning anchor Jane Pauley and actor Michael Weatherly.

For more from the CBS stars, visit Watch! magazine‘s website.

Check out all the covers below…

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