The investigation of sexual misconduct allegations against former CBS President Les Moonves has revealed that actress Eliza Dushku was paid a confidential settlement of $9.5 million from the company, after she alleged that co-star Michael Weatherly sexually harassed her while filming Bull last year, the New York Times reported Thursday.
Dushku, who was hired to play the love interest of Weatherly’s character on the dramedy inspired by the early career of Dr. Phil McGraw, filmed three episodes of the show and was supposed to appear in more. However, Dushku was written off the show following her complaints that Weatherly had made inappropriate comments.
Dushku said Weatherly made a joke about her wanting to have a threesome with him and asked her to go to his “rape van.” He allegedly called her “legs” and said in front of others that he would spank her over his knee.
Dushku declined to comment for the NYT story, but both CBS and Weatherly offered words.
“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 statement from the network read. “The settlement of these claims reflects the projected amount that Ms. Dushku would have received for the balance of her contract as a series regular, and was determined in a mutually agreed upon mediation process at the time.”
Weatherly offered an apology.
“During the course of taping our show, I made some jokes mocking some lines in the script. 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.”
Eliza Dushku through the years
Eliza Dushku through the years
Eliza Dushku (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
263690 03: Actress Eliza Dushku stands at a charity benefit screening of her movie 'Race the Sun' March 16, 1996 in New York City. The movie is a fictionalized account of the exploits of a Hawaiian high school in the 1990 World Solar Challenge in Australia. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Liaison)
Eliza Dushku (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
Eliza Dushku during The 1999 MTV Movie Awards at Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, California, United States. (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
Eliza Dushku during 'Election' Los Angeles Premiere at Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
Eliza Dushku (Photo by Jeff Vespa Archive/WireImage)
368579 Kirsten Dunst, Nathan West, Eliza Dushku, And Huntley Ritter Star In 'Cheer Fever' To Be Released In The Summer Of 2000. (Photo By Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 18: Eliza Dushku attends the premiere of 'Ghost World' on July 18, 2001 at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Eliza Dushku during Motorola Hosts Fourth Annual Holiday Party - Arrivals at The Lot in Hollywood, CA, United States. (Photo by Chris Polk/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD - OCTOBER 21: Actress Eliza Dushku attends the film premiere of All The Queen's Men at the ArcLight Cinemas on October 21, 2002 in Hollywood, California. All The Queen's Men opens nationally on October 25, 2002 (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - AUGUST 26: Eliza Dushku attends the premiere of 'City By The Sea' on August 26, 2002 at Union Square Theater in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Eliza Dushku (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
Eliza Dushku (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - DECEMBER 15: Eliza Dushku attends Opening of New Play 'Dog Sees God' at The Century Center for the performing Arts on December 15, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 18: UGLY BETTY - 'Giving Up the Ghost' - A Wilhelmina-induced crisis at Mode finds everyone scrambling to re-create an issue on deadline. Desperate times call for desperate measures, as Daniel and Betty try to break wild child cover girl (Eliza Dushku as Cameron Ashlock) out of rehab for a re-shoot, and Alexis tries to charm the printer (guest star David J. Steinberg) into extending their time. Meanwhile, Betty struggles with an unwelcome (and persistent) visitor who hopes to goad her into making good on a promise, on 'Ugly Betty,' THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Karen Neal/ABC via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - SEPTEMBER 16: Actress Eliza Dushku arrives at the The 59th Primetime EMMY Awards TV Guide After Party at Les Deux on September 16, 2007 in Los Angeles (Photo by Chris Weeks/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Eliza Dushku arrives at US Weekly's Hot Hollywood 2009 Voyeur on November 18, 2009 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 05: Actress Eliza Dushku attends the Breeders' Cup Winners Circle Event held at ESPN Zone at L.A. LIVE on November 5, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chris Weeks/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 11: Actress Eliza Dushku arrives at the 2011 CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute at The Shrine Auditorium on December 11, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Eliza Dushku attends the launch of 'The Beauty Book For Brain Cancer' at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on November 14, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Actress Eliza Dushku attends the New York screening of 'MikeyBoy The Movie' at AMC Theater on November 1, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 10: Actress Eliza Dushku arrives at Project Angel Food's Annual Angel Awards 2013 honoring Jane Lynch held at Project Angel Food on August 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 05: Actress Eliza Dushku attends the premiere of 'Be Here Now' from Silver Lining Entertainment at UTA Theater on April 5, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
BOSTON, MA - JUNE 02: Actress Eliza Dushku at the UNICEF Children's Champion Award Dinner Honoring Pedro and Carolina Martinez and Kaia Miller Goldstein at The Castle at Park Plaza on June 2, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images for UNICEF)
NEW YORK - APRIL 4: 'Welcome Back, Dr. Bull'-- Bull makes a deal with top criminal attorney J.P. Nunnelly (guest star Eliza Dushku) to defend Benny when he goes to trial for misconduct in a case related to his former career with the District Attorney's office, on BULL, Tuesday, May 9 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L-R: Eliza Dushku as J.P. Nunnelly and Michael Weatherly as Dr. Jason Bull (Photo by David Giesbrecht/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 4: 'Welcome Back, Dr. Bull'-- Bull makes a deal with top criminal attorney J.P. Nunnelly (guest star Eliza Dushku) to defend Benny when he goes to trial for misconduct in a case related to his former career with the District Attorney's office, on BULL, Tuesday, May 9 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Eliza Dushku as J.P. Nunnelly (Photo by David Giesbrecht/CBS via Getty Images)
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Weatherly, who previously starred on NCIS, explained that the reference to a rape van came from an episode of their show.
“The scripted line in that scene was, ‘Hey, young lady, step into my windowless van,'” Weatherly said. “I didn’t particularly like that line, so I joked, in order to highlight how distasteful the emphasis of the line was, about an ‘r. van,’ a rape van.”
Weatherly said that he hadn’t asked for Dushku to be fired.
“It’s my recollection that I didn’t tell anyone how they should do their job regarding the hiring or firing of anybody,” he told the Times.
Moonves left CBS in September, after multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct and, in some cases, harming their careers after they rejected his sexual advances. Actress Cybill Shepherd said on Thursday’s episode of SiriusXM’s “The Michelle Collins Show” that she experienced that with her ’90s sitcom Cybill, which was canceled after Moonves allegedly propositioned her.