Eliza Dushku Slams CBS, Michael Weatherly for Alleged Harassment on Bull

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Eliza Dushku has broken her silence about what went down behind the scenes of CBS' Bull. 

The actress opened up about the situation via an op-ed in Wednesday's Boston Globe, saying that the job was “one of the most cruel, most aggressive humiliations I have ever experienced.

The actress went on to state that the environment on the set was not healthy, and that she was fired shortly after complaining about co-star Michael Weatherly. 

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Details about a $9.5 million settlement came to light last week in a New York Times article into what went down on the set, but Dushku decided against taking part in the interview. 

The reason she has now given is  “because I wanted to honor the terms of my settlement with the network."

"I was under the impression that Weatherly and [Bull showrunner Glen Gordon] Caron would also not respond per our settlement."

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"Instead, all commented to the Times in what amounted to more deflection, denial, and spin.”

It sure sounds like the terms of the settlement are that no party was meant to go public about what happened, and the way Dushku shared a link to the article is rather telling. 

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"Thank you for giving me my voice back," Eliza tweeted alongside the article. 

The original story in the New York Times detailed some of the issues Eliza encountered while on the set. From comments like "here comes legs" to Weatherly joking about bending her over and spanking her for messing up a line, it's not hard to see why Eliza opted to complain. 

Dushku also alleged that Weatherly made fun of previous sexual harassment training and that he even went as far as turning members of the crew against her. 

Eliza did state per the article that she attempted to speak to Weatherly about changing the atmosphere on the set, but says that he text showrunner Glenn Gordon Caron to remove her from the series because she had a "humor deficit."

"For the record, I grew up in Boston with three older brothers and have generally been considered a tomboy," the Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum said. 

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"I made a name for myself playing a badass vampire slayer turned tough LA cheerleader; I have worked with numerous leading men, including Robert DeNiro, Leonardo DiCaprio, even CBS’s own David Boreanaz," she continued.

"I can handle a locker room. I have been on Howard Stern and was hired by Kevin Smith for a film where I wore a black leather cat suit and played a member of an international diamond-thief-gang-ring."

"I do not want to hear that I have a “humor deficit” or can’t take a joke. I did not over-react. I took a job and, because I did not want to be harassed, I was fired."

“During the course of taping our show, I made some jokes mocking some lines in the script," Weatherly said when the NYT article dropped. 

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"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,” the former NCIS star continued.

“It’s my recollection that I didn’t tell anyone how they should do their job regarding the hiring or firing of anybody.”

Okay, TV Fanatics. What are your thoughts on this?

Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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