A deeper look into CBS Corporation by attorneys hired by the Board of Directors in the wake of CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves’ departure amid sexual harassment allegations has revealed another cover up.
In March 2017, actress Eliza Dushku, who was in line to be a major cast member in the CBS prime-time drama “Bull,” accused the show’s star Michael Weatherly of retaliation after she confronted him about his lewd behavior on the set. After mediation with the company, CBS agreed to a confidential settlement that would pay Dushku $9.5 million – about as much as she would have made had she stayed on as a cast member for four seasons.
A draft of the investigative report was revealed to and reported by The New York Times, detailing an atmosphere within the company to protect itself without respect to the victims.
Dushku claimed that Weatherly commented on her body, made a rape joke, and suggested she partake in a threesome. Many of these comments were made in front of the show’s cast and crew. Dushku confronted Weatherly about his behavior and, shortly thereafter, she was written off the show despite a producer and writer assuring her that she would be more than a love interest to Weatherly’s character, and her role would last beyond her contracted three episodes.
The settlement was intended to be confidential, but the board-led investigation brought the details to light. Dushku declined to comment to the Times. CBS confirmed that the settlement took place and in a statement vowed to change its ways.
“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 statement said.
Source: The New York Times