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Eliza Dushku Paid $9.5 Million By CBS To Settle Harassment Claim On Bull

CBS has finally agreed to settle a harassment claim with actress Eliza Dushku for $9.5 million. The claim stemmed from early 2017, when Dushku appeared on the CBS primetime series Bull.

Dushku joined the series in March 2017 as a major character on a three-episode arc with the potential of becoming a major character. However, that all changed when the show’s star Michael Weatherly made disparaging comments about her in front of the cast and crew. Weatherly made a negative remark about her appearance, made a rape joke and made a comment about a threesome. When Dushku confronted Weatherly about the comments, she was written off the series shortly after. After mediation, CBS agreed to pay Dushku $9.5 million, the amount she would have earned for four seasons’ of work on the show.

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Details about the confidential settlement have come up due to CBS’ internal investigation regarding the accusations of sexual misconduct made by multiple women against the company’s former chief executive Leslie Moonves. The law firms Covington & Burling and Debevoise & Plimpton are conducting the investigation. On Wednesday, CBS issued a statement regarding the settlement and current investigation:

“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. 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.”

Weatherly did issue a statement regarding the situation with Dushku:

“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.”

Dushku has been acting for over 20 years. She has appeared in multiple shows including Buffy, The Vampire SlayerAngelDollhouse and Banshee. She was also in the 2000 hit cheerleader film Bring It On. Dushku joined the #MeToo Movement earlier this year when she revealed she was molested by a stunt coordinator as a 12-year-old while on the set of the 1994 action blockbuster True Lies.

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Source: New York Times.

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