Les Moonves was forced out as CBS CEO in September amid allegations he sexually harassed over a dozen actresses. He denied what he termed were “appalling” charges, but his resignation put a disgraceful end to his two decades at the network.
That, however, is not the end of the network’s controversies. On Friday, we learned that actress Eliza Dushku, star of “Dark Angel” and “Bull,” sued her co star Michael Weatherly over his unwanted advances and inappropriate language on set. She was paid $9.5 million in a secret settlement.
Among Weatherly’s inappropriate behavior was his joking about having a threesome with Dushku and taking her to his “rape van.”
Weatherly at first dismissed Dushku’s complaint and told producers that she needed a better sense of humor, according to the New York Times expose.
Once the reports came to light, however, Weatherly expressed some regret.
“During the course of taping our show, I made some jokes mocking some lines in the script,” Weatherly said in the statement. “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.”
Today’s revelation proves the “Me Too” movement is not over. CBS said it recognizes the issue and is taking steps to rectify it.
“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,” a CBS spokesperson said.