NCIS star Pauley Perrette – who played Abby Sciuto on the popular CBS drama for the last 15 seasons – bid farewell to viewers and to the character in last week’s season finale. However, writers did not kill off the character, so maybe Perrette will return to the program one day, perhaps for the series finale. Or maybe not. Based on some Twitter messages from the past couple of days, Perrette returning, even for one episode, seems extremely unlikely.
According to The Hollywood Gossip, the actress has left a series of cryptic messages on social media that implies someone bullied and/or assaulted her while she was an NCIS cast member. And, the allegation has left the internet full of speculative comments.
“I’ve been supporting anti-bullying programs forever. But now I KNOW because it was ME! If it’s school or work, that you’re required to go to? It’s horrifying,” Perrette wrote, adding: “I left. Multiple Physical Assaults. I REALLY get it now. Stay safe. Nothing is worth your safety. Tell someone.”
Instead of an implication, her comments seem to be a full-on accusation. Perrette also added that she chose to remain silent for many years and not talk publicly about what happened. She isn’t directly talking about it now, but she certainly has fans asking questions.
People want to know who could be behind the bullying and want to know why the actress keep quiet about it for so long.
We do know, thanks to multiple reports, that Perrette and lead actor Mark Harmon did not get along. But, to be clear, there is no proof that Harmon is who Perrette was referring to in her tweets.
The two didn’t get along because back in October 2016, Harmon brought his rescue pitbull named Dave to the set, and the dog bit a crew member and caused a wound that required 16 stitches. Harmon was horrified by Dave’s action and sent him through re-training.
He didn’t bring the dog back to the set again until much later. And, he only did it because he was filming for nearly 20 hours and couldn’t find a dog-sitter. According to insiders, everyone on set seemed to be okay with Dave’s return – except Perrette.
Sources say the 49-year-old was furious at Harmon for putting the cast and crew in danger, and from that point forward she started to act like a diva. She refused to shoot scenes with Harmon and wouldn’t even sit on the same side of the table during table reads.
An insider also claims that Perrette completely ignored Harmon whenever he would try to make amends. He even tried to get back on good terms with the actress one last time before they filmed her final episode, but again she refused.
Sources say she “was having none of it,” and completely ignored him. According to reports, this upset the 66-year-old.
This feud with Harmon may not have anything to do with Pauley Perrette’s assault allegations in her tweets, but it just brings up a lot of questions because until now, no one has ever discussed any kind of on-set tension on network television’s highest-rated show.
Mark Harmon returns with new episodes of NCIS in the fall.