Eliza Dushku Breaks Her Silence On Being Harassed By Former 'NCIS' Star Micheal Weatherly

Eliza Dushku Breaks Her Silence On Being Harassed By Former 'NCIS' Star Micheal Weatherly
Credit: Source: Indie Wire

After receiving a $9.5 million settlement from CBS, Eliza Dushku has opened up about her time working on the show Bull , where she claims star Michael Weatherly repeatedly harassed her and then producers fired her when she complained. Earlier this week, Dushku wrote a piece for The Boston Globe and gave details about her Bull experience and what happened afterward.

“The narrative propagated by CBS, actor Michael Weatherly, and writer-producer Glenn Gordon Caron is deceptive and in no way fits with how they treated me on the set of the television show Bull and retaliated against me for simply asking to do my job without relentless sexual harassment,” the Bring It On alum wrote. “This is not a ‘he-said/she-said’ case. Weatherly’s behavior was captured on CBS’s own videotape recordings.”

Dushku went on to explain that she did not comment in the New York Times piece that broke the news of her settlement because she wanted to “honor the terms” of the agreement, but the story shocked her because of the “deflection, denial, and spin.”

In 2017, Dushku signed on for a three-episode arc on Bull’s first season, and there were plans to make her a full-time cast member. But Dushku says that just days after she complained about Weatherly making her uncomfortable, she was written out of the show.

In the Boston Globe piece, the actress explained that the 50-year-old Weatherly claimed that she didn’t understand his alleged lewd jokes because she didn’t have the right sense of humor. Dushku wrote that this is how a perpetrator rationalizes when he is caught, and she doesn’t want to hear that she has a “humor deficit” or can’t take a joke.

“I did not overreact. I took a job and, because I did not want to be harassed, I was fired,” wrote Dushku.

The 37-year-old actress says that Weatherly harassed her multiple times, which included offers of taking her to his “rape van, filled with all sorts of lubricants and long phallic things.” He also allegedly bragged about his friendship with former CBS CEO Les Moonves, who was recently fired due to sexual misconduct allegations. Dushku says she now realizes that Weatherly “wielded this special friendship as an amulet,” but it was actually a threat.

Dushku says that Weatherly never apologized, but instead bullied her one more time at her wrap party, where he went out of his way to humiliate her by toasting her and calling her a “truly beautiful woman.”

The actress says that Caron fired her within 48 hours of her complaints, and the action “baffled” CBS.

Despite Eliza Dushku’s claims, there are people in the industry who are defending Michael Weatherly, including his former NCIS co-star Pauley Perrette, and Rizzoli & Isles actress Sasha Alexander, who also appeared on NCIS .

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  • Brandon
    Brandon Dec 23, 2018 8:07 AM PST

    9 million for harassment? The horror.

  • Dustin
    Dustin May 22, 2019 9:26 AM PDT

    If this truly happened and was caught on tape, why are other members of the show not coming forward and speaking up. Every place has a sexual harassment and harassment policy and by law are required to protect the whistleblower's that come forward and speak up about it.

  • Bari
    Bari Dec 23, 2018 8:54 AM PST

    What is this world coming to? Ridiculous! Plans of becoming full time she didn't say anything until written off! Money hungry females that see men as a paycheck, men can't even open a door for a women without her being offended. I feel sorry for my children, our society's future! I'm a very concerned mother

  • Ellie
    Ellie Dec 22, 2018 2:38 PM PST

    Now she is saying that he harassed her whereas before she stated that he made remarks. Boy does she know how to get attention at other peoples expense. And those followers are sucking it up. That's one way of getting money without having to work for it like the rest of us.

    • James
      James Dec 22, 2018 10:29 PM PST

      You are an idiot. Making any remarks or jokes that make her or anyone else uncomfortable especially after asking for it to stop is harassment. Honestly!

    • Guest
      Guest Dec 22, 2018 9:21 PM PST

      I so agree running this me to in the ground. Now its every womans claim to money not earned. Just pitiful.

  • Amy
    Amy Dec 23, 2018 9:05 AM PST

    Oversensitive. Plain and simple. He made a few "inappropriate" jokes. She went to execs who recommended she talk to Michael. (Which she should have done to begin with...) Who immediately (by his and CBS's accounts) apologized. She claims he got her fired, he says he never asked for her removal. The writers say they didn't know where to take her character with the tension, so they opted not to sign her in a full time role. I wouldn't want an actor/actress working for me that was so sensitive they cried harassment over such petty stuff. (Yes, I find it petty. I worked warehouse work for almost 9 years. I've heard much worse by less desirable specimens.) Personally, I think she had it planned out. She was already part of the (insane) #metoo movement. She had an agenda and unfortunately picked a great actor to Target. Come on people. She was upset he called her the most beautiful woman there... If only we all were so lucky...

    • Dana
      Dana Dec 23, 2018 6:06 PM PST

      EXACTLY!! I wish Michael Weatherly would tell me I'm beautiful!

  • f
    f Dec 22, 2018 4:29 PM PST

    If $9.5 million dollars isn't hush money then what is? Obviously, Dushku was paid to remain silent but terms were broken so she can speak out. Even Trump's two paid flings he denies ever having were paid less and news broke out for all the world to read about. Dushku and lawyers made sure any binding agreement would remain quiet but someone let the cat out of the bag and denials ensue. No different from Trump denying his flings before being elected. The #me too movement is exposing many men of supposedly high integrity.

  • Brian
    Brian Dec 23, 2018 2:53 PM PST

    Those of you denying what she has exposed are stupid fan boys or friends of Michael, Les and Glenn that much is clear, look up what video evidence is since you clearly don't know what that is. Oh while you're all at it learn how to read and properly comprehend what you read she told everything while they all lied.

    • Sherry
      Sherry Dec 23, 2018 7:24 PM PST

      Absolutely agree! Well said. I cannot believe how many defend him because they believe him to be "charming." It. Was. All. Caught. On. Tape! She took a job and was subjected to persistent harassment. When she spoke up, they fired her without cause.

  • Timmy
    Timmy Dec 22, 2018 9:39 PM PST

    Dude just needs some sensitivity training. She was never in a threat of real harm. It's not like she was in a hotel room with Harvey Weinstein. The only thing hurt was her ears. Let's face it, women are lucky they aren't men and vice versa. Most women have no comprehension what it's like to be a man around men. It's crazy for women to think men should behave like the 40 year old virgin. If she was a man she would have put him in his place the moment that stupid bs came out of his mouth, instead she probably played along hiding the contempt she had for his comment. Watch movies from the 40s and 50s and see how much stronger and bolder women were portrayed then. If a guy got out of line he'd get slapped hard across the face in a heartbeat. Back then after the words "rape van" came out of his mouth there would have been a slap before he could do further damage. But now some woman play along not understanding that some women aren't as easily offended as they are.

  • RavenaS
    RavenaS Dec 22, 2018 10:29 PM PST

    Call me cynical but this sounds more like a personality clash and sour grapes because someone didn't get a permanent role. One wonders if she had been offered an extended contact instead of the 3 week extension would we even know about this story? That's the problem with the #MeToo movement. It's been too infiltrated by women with questionable motives. Hard to know the difference.

  • Jason
    Jason Dec 25, 2018 8:53 AM PST

    If someone told me they wanted to take me to their rape van and spank me and they had all kinds of lube and toys... I would not take that as a joke.... but maybe that makes me up tight .......... this theme of people just trying to work and getting let go and shamed blows my mind. Suppose everyone just wants to be entertained and screen the story for what supports their view ... shame they don’t get in single vehicle lethal car wrecks. At least she got 9.5 million... can see them trying to wiggle around that if there was any room.

  • Allyria
    Allyria Dec 24, 2018 7:09 PM PST

    To be honest, she was overly sensitive and he didn't take the time to know his audience before joking. Yes, she took a job but he was joking. If she didn't like the jokes she should've gone to him first and not the execs. Human resources is there to protect the company not you. To be honest she seems to be a pretty uptight person who looks for reasons to be offended. Either way, if you don't like the jokes then tell the person and do your best to avoid them when not on set. Lastly, it's not humiliating to be called a "truly beautiful person". How uptight van you be to be offended by a compliment?? He should've taken the time to assess his audience and so he's wrong for not doing so. He apologized though and she received her money so that should be that. As a woman, it saddens me that so many women are taking the #metoo movement and going overboard with it

  • Cheryl
    Cheryl Dec 23, 2018 6:30 PM PST

    I like the statement that "he went out of his way to humiliate her by toasting her and calling her a 'truly beautiful woman' ". Humiliating?

  • Unknown
    Unknown Dec 23, 2018 6:03 PM PST

    I don't believe it. This "me too" crap is getting way out of hand. I'm a woman and I do believe in cases of actual sexual harassment, but somehow I can't believe this one. First of all I think that Eliza Dushku is just sour grapes because she wasn't made a regular. She's not that great of an actress, sorry, but she's not. I just remember her from "The New Guy". I don't think that Michael Weatherly ever had issues with anyone from NCIS, which if he was a "harasser", he would have gotten complaints from cast members on that show as well. Once a harasser, always one, and I just don't believe that Michael Weatherly is a harasser. I think that some women are just using the "me-too" thing as an excuse.

  • Teresa Shortt
    Teresa Shortt Dec 23, 2018 12:21 AM PST

    I don’t believe her at all! I’ve always thought she was trouble even in other shows I’ve seen her in!

  • Paul Christian Jenkins, D.Jur.
    Paul Christian Jenkins, D.Jur. Dec 22, 2018 9:39 PM PST

    What can you honestly say. Eliza Dushku has a sultry beauty that some men, especially jerks, will find intimidating. Michael Weatherly's horrible remarks and innuendo reveal a very insecure man. Eliza even said to him, "lets be allies." Meaning, let's be friends, but he couldn't deal with working with her without copping-out, and basically sexually harassing her like some Neanderthal. Michael Weatherly should have been fired; that's obvious. But, because Les Moonves was in charge at the time, everything including his own crimes were swept under the rug, Finally, Eliza Dushku was deprived of the opportunity for near-global exposure in a popular and trendy TV series. She was denied the opportunity for steady work to hone her acting craft with other actors, guest stars, directors, cameramen, and producers. And she was denied the opportunity to pursue something she loves and is obviously good act. Acting. All because some self-absorbed, entitled chavanist PIG believed he was above the law and above common decency.

  • Phil1957
    Phil1957 Dec 22, 2018 9:36 PM PST

    I don't know about the rest of it. It doesn't sound credible, but who really knows? I do know, however, that she was not particularly good on the show and I cannot imagine anyone thinking she should have been made a regular. I'd of decided not to make her a regular, and I suppose someone might call that being fired. But actually, you can't be fired from something you never actually had.

  • Me
    Me Dec 22, 2018 4:25 PM PST

    While I like Wetterling's personality, from beginning of NCIS (binging), i was always amazed how he "over flirted" and I told my husband that he is going to get sexual harassment on him by a female. And I am right.

  • Cecilia Bowden
    Cecilia Bowden Dec 23, 2018 3:56 AM PST

    This woman is not believable at all! She threatened them when they wanted to reduce her presence. She looks as boring as she sounds! She hasn't worked because she is difficult! They paid her to make her go away! Women like her make it hard for those that have legitimate complaints.

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