In an op-ed, Eliza Dushku details Michael Weatherly’s harassment on ‘Bull’

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Last week, we discussed the New York Times story about Eliza Dushku and Michael Weatherly. The story was connected to the larger CBS investigation into Les Moonves – as it turned out, Moonves was a big supporter of Weatherly and Moonves personally oversaw the situation with Eliza’s sexual harassment lawsuit and the eventual settlement. From what we learned in the NYT report, Weatherly’s behavior was entirely inappropriate and absolutely rose to the level of sexual harassment. The whole situation was made infinitely worse when Dushku complained, and Weatherly and producer/showrunner Glenn Gordon Caron ganged up against her, bullied her, embarrassed her and had her fired.

Eliza has written an op-ed for the Boston Globe about all of the sh-t that went down – you can read the full piece here. She starts out by pointing out that the NYT piece was based on the narrative “propagated by CBS” and failed to accurately represent how Weatherly and Caron “retaliated against me for simply asking to do my job without relentless sexual harassment.” She says she declined to speak to the NYT because she was honoring her non-disclosure agreement, which she signed as part of her settlement, but she was shocked to find Weatherly and Caron had commented extensively in the piece. Here’s the part of the op-ed where she details Weatherly’s harassment:

Weatherly harassed me from early on. The tapes show his offer to take me to his “rape van, filled with all sorts of lubricants and long phallic things.” There was also his constant name-calling; playing provocative songs (like “Barracuda”) on his iPhone when I approached my set marks; and his remark about having a threesome. He made the threesome remark to me about himself and me in a room full of people. Minutes later, a crew member sidled up next to me and, with a smirk, said in a low voice, “I’m with Bull. I wanna have a threesome with you too.” For weeks, Weatherly was recorded making sexual comments, and was recorded mimicking penis jousting with a male costar, this directly on the heels of the “threesome” proposal, and another time referring to me repeatedly as “legs.” He regularly commented on my “ravishing” beauty, following up with audible groans, oohing and aahing. As the tapes show, he liked to boast about his sperm and vasectomy reversals (“I want you to know, Eliza, I have powerful swimmers”). Weatherly had a habit of exaggerated eye-balling and leering at me; once, he leaned into my body and inhaled, smelling me in a dramatic swoon. As was caught on tape, after I flubbed a line, he shouted in my face, “I will take you over my knee and spank you like a little girl.”

One day, when my now husband, Peter Palandjian, visited the set, Weatherly made us all watch as he pretended to urinate on an indoor office plant, then spun around pretending to shake himself off and pull up his zipper. The tapes show Weatherly routinely exclaimed “yellow card” after distasteful remarks. I learned from crew members that, because there had been previous harassment training on “Bull,” Weatherly’s delight in yelling “yellow card” was his way of mocking the very harassment training that was meant to keep him in line.

Weatherly also bragged about his friendship with CBS chief executive Les Moonves. He regaled me with stories about using Moonves’s plane, how they vacationed together, and what great friends they were. Weatherly wielded this special friendship as an amulet and, as I can see now, as a threat.

Weatherly did all this. His conduct was unwelcome and directed at me. Watching the recordings in the settlement process, it is easy to see how uncomfortable, speechless, and frozen he made me feel. For Weatherly’s part, it looks like a deeply insecure power play, about a need to dominate and demean. In no way was it playful, nor was it joking with two willing participants. It was not “Cary Grant ad-libbed lines,” an incredulous Weatherly excuse which, even if true, asks us to believe that Hollywood behaviors from 70 years ago might be acceptable today. What is hardest to share is the way he made me feel for 10 to 12 hours per day for weeks. This was classic workplace harassment that became workplace bullying. I was made to feel dread nearly all the time I was in his presence. And this dread continues to come up whenever I think of him and that experience.

[From The Boston Globe]

Dushku then details how she “resolved to deal with it directly.” She approached Weatherly privately, “framing my request as a plea for ‘help’ in setting a different tone on the set, I asked him to ‘be my ally’ and to ‘help ease the sexualized set comments.’” Weatherly responded by telling her “Eliza, no one respects women more than I do,” and telling her about his sisters. She learned months later that about 40 minutes after that conversation, Weatherly texted CBS Television President David Stapf and asked him to have Eliza written off the show because of her “humor deficit.’’ In the weeks that followed, Weatherly iced her out and then circulated a memo to the crew “instructing not to comment on my appearance or beauty.” He ended up humiliating her in front of the crew one last time on her last day on the set too.

Eliza also detailed how showrunner Glenn Gordon Caron was an absolute douche who fired her in the middle of a shooting day, and then participated in the toxic bullying of her long after she was gone from the set:

My talent representatives spoke to Caron about my firing months later. Caron defended Weatherly, explaining he had simply exhibited “frat” behavior and added, “What does [Eliza] expect, she was in Maxim.” On the subject of my legal rights, Caron said to my manager, “If Eliza wants to be out of the business by suing CBS, she can be out of the business.”

The boys’ club remains in full force at CBS. The bullying continued. In the settlement process, CBS used as defense a photo of me in a bathing suit, pulled from my own Instagram, as if this suggested I deserved or was not offended by the sexual harassment I experienced.

[From The Boston Globe]

She ends her story by shrugging off the claim that her settlement was “hush money,” like she was screwed ten different ways with how she had to file suit and submit to arbitration contractually and all of that. She comes across as so brave, honestly. She also refused to sign on to any deal without a guarantee that CBS would hire “an individual trained in sexual harassment compliance to monitor Weatherly and the show in general.” I wonder if that’s still happening now that Les Moonves is gone? I wonder if Bull will continue now that Les Moonves is gone? One last thing: as part of her settlement agreement, she asked for a meeting with Steven Spielberg, whose Amblin Entertainment coproduces Bull. She notes that after all of this went down, she saw Spielberg wearing his Time’s Up pin at the Golden Globes this year and she assumes that Spielberg would want to make changes to Bull.

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  1. Scal says:

    I like how she keeps saying ‘as the tapes show’ over and over again. Shutting down those haters that were saying oh it was only 3 comments. There’s video evidence. There’s text and email evidence. There are witnesses.

    She did the right thing and I hope Bull gets canceled.

    • Jan90067 says:

      Wow…I loved this show. I can’t watch it anymore, I won’t support an abusive jackass. Isn’t that putz, “Dr” Phil the creator?

      Did this jerk also harass women on his last show, too? Just goes to show, you really never do “know” unless someone is brave enough to find her voice and say ENOUGH! WTF is it with men???? And yes, I know women harass, too, but it’s mostly men.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      it was so much worse than originally thought.

      what a PR*CK Weatherly is. my initial assessment of him, back from the Dark Angel days, was spot on. CREEPER. PREDATOR. A$$HOLE.

      • Esmom says:

        Yeah, he’s a monster. I cannot imagine having to work with him. I hope this show gets cancelled — unless it can somehow go on without him — and that he doesn’t work again for a long, long time, if ever.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        Her experiences sound horrible. The “smelling her body” thing brought back bad memories. It’s hard to describe how violating it feels when someone does that. I can’t imagine facing that at your job each day and having to go back. All these people seeing, but no one helping.

      • Kitten says:

        This was really hard to read. Reminds me so much of a terrible workplace experience I had in my early twenties. Her talking about dreading her interactions with him really resonated with me. She is a really strong woman who did something commendable, but she should have never been put in that position in the first place. His show BETTER be cancelled after this. I wish nothing but shame and lasting embarrassment for this person, but only after his career is swiftly ended because of this. What a pig.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        ” she should have never been put in that position in the first place”

        Yes, absolutely. She shouldn’t have had to bring it up to people. The people responsible for the workplace should have recognized it as unacceptable and taken action before she even had to stand up for herself.

  2. grabbyhands says:

    But how can that be??? He has so many female friends who just you know, KNOW him and know what a great guy he is because he’s their FRIEND. Their friend who could NEVER do this!! I mean yeah-there’s actual video proof of her claims, but what does that matter when you just know in your heart of hearts that your buddy is just a great guy because he’s never sexually harassed YOU, amirite?

    All of the women who have been defending this trash owe her a GIANT apology. And then they probably need to talk to someone about why they are so willing to ignore what is right in front of them.

    • Nan says:

      Seriously. The worst part is, he totally HAS harrassed those female friends, they just don’t actually understand what harrassment is.

      • sa says:

        I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t behave the same towards the NCIS cast. He wasn’t top dog on that show like he is on Bull. Also, at the start of that show, when he established those relationships, he didn’t have the same clout with the network, which he apparently frequently reminded Dushku about.

        He may behave this way with many actresses, or it may have been a situation where he wanted to put Dushku in her place, because she was coming in to be the female lead, but he was The Lead and he didn’t want her to forget it.

    • Yawn says:

      Yikes… why is it so difficult to sit back and wait for all the details to come out before you rush out to publicly defend people and trash anyone who dares to speak ill of your buddies… you never know what could come out to light, so dammit just shut your traps and wait to see how stuff plays out… goes to show you truly never really know someone as well as you think you do.

    • otaku fairy says:

      Yeah, reading all of that makes their rush to defend him seem extra crappy.

      • Kristen says:

        Harassment isn’t black and white. It’s possible he behaved similarly to them and it simply didn’t make them uncomfortable.

        But the problem with that is it doesn’t matter what would make you, personally, uncomfortable in any situation because it made Eliza uncomfortable and therefore, it was harassment.

      • noway says:

        Thanks Kristen you are so right. Sexual harassment isn’t black and white, and just cause one person doesn’t see it as harassment and another one does, doesn’t mean it isn’t. Granted this case seems like most women would be uncomfortable, but it’s important to remember a lot of cases aren’t this obvious. I knew there had to be more to the story than what was initially published, as even ultra rich companies who pay high salaries like this series don’t fork over what amounted to a 4 year salary settlement for what was initially published.

        Society wise a few things really bother me about this story. First Eliza did everything picture perfect correct, and at least monetarily she was compensated for her actions. First, she told the person who was harassing her. This isn’t easy, and I understand a lot of people aren’t comfortable and just skip to step 2. If you can, and the harassment doesn’t have a physical component it is a good idea to start with the person doing it. Because yes, It is possible to have communication issues with people, and if you can do step 1 it may resolve it quicker, but don’t feel bad if you are uncomfortable, just go to step 2. Second go to the person’s boss or human resources.

        Now this is where I get really upset, why didn’t CBS do anything, even a basic sexual harassment talk or training or something. When it’s early on and not sexual assault you may be able to resolve it without firing the whole bunch. I know her description is bad, but take out the Hollywood part of this, and I know most women know they have been in situations where some men have had sexual conversations which were harassing and made them uncomfortable. Granted a lot of companies stink at correcting this, but CBS didn’t even make a lame attempt. Then they fired her. They didn’t even try to place her on another show. She might have liked that idea. Plus, she had complained to those above about it, and I know she claims Weatherly had her fired, but honestly it just doesn’t matter who did it. I mean the higher ups knew she’d complained and it didn’t occur to them she might have a sexual harassment claim. From a pure business point, they are just idiots, unless it’s common practice to fork out four years worth of salary for something you could have dealt with earlier and cheaper. Idiots all, and I’m glad she had a good attorney.

      • Veronica S. says:

        If he behaved similarly to them, it was harassment, regardless of what actions the women they were aimed at took or did not take. There’s a fallacious approach toward this behavior that it’s individualized with individual consequences. The reality is that harassment creates a toxic environment for everybody, even those it’s not immediately directed, because nothing occurs in a vacuum. Look at how she highlights how other members of the crew felt it acceptable to harass her after they saw Weatherly did it. We have to stop pretending this kind of stuff doesn’t have profound social consequences when it’s ignored or implicitly allowed, even if the women he did it to before decided not to say something about it. Do we really think somebody like Les Moonves gets to where he was and stays there if it didn’t start down the ladder with people like Weatherly?

      • Kitten says:

        What Veronica said. And the point is that even if these women had a vastly different experience with Weatherly, they should NEVER have come out with a public statement defending him. By doing so, they undermined Eliza’s very real experience and essentially validated the doubters. Just STFU and let the man be outted for the harasser he is. If a victim of abuse comes forward, you support that victim, you don’t insert yourself into their story and defend the perpetrator. Ugh. It’s all so gross. So many horrific stories of abuse have come to light after #MeToo but this one really bothers me…maybe because it feels so effin familiar.

      • noway says:

        @kitten I disagree with just cause someone else says it is not their experience with this person it undermines the victim. This may be the way some in society see it, but we need to dramatically change our thinking. Reality is even convicted violent criminals may be “normal” to some people. Plus there has to be a first time somebody does something too. My first inclination when I hear these stories on how good to you this person was is so what. Doesn’t mean he wouldn’t do it to someone else. I think as a society we put too much emphasis on pattern and sometimes there isn’t one, and we should look at the merits of each case.

        Plus all the people in this case are speaking from his time on other shows, specifically NCIS where he wasn’t the powerhouse of the show. That was Mark Harmon’s show, who from most media accounts is a pretty straight laced guy, although who knows lately. Bull is Weatherly’s show if he was going to do this it would make sense it would happen where he is the top star. Also, if he treated the women the same as Eliza it would be harassment, but the women on NCIS who are speaking say he didn’t and I see no reason to dispute them, honestly though their experience doesn’t matter though with this case.

    • Alarmjaguar says:

      Exactly what I thought as I read this!

  3. Elaine says:

    What a badass woman. It’s terrible that she has to keep reliving this nightmare, first in the settlement and now this. I truly, truly disdain the women that came forward to support him. Disgusting.

    • Darla says:

      I agree about the women who came forward to support him. They make me sick.

    • Steff says:

      I loved her on Buffy and The Doll House. She deserves better and she is indeed a badass.

      • Original T.C. says:

        Love her shows too and I’m super proud of her. I’m sure she’s a strong woman in her own right but also I’m wondering if playing roles where as a woman she was allowed to be strong and powerful for so many years also helped her stand up to these powers that be? IMO if even slightly true, it speaks to why we do need more films with women being multi-dimensional and being able to save themselves!

        Bravo! This is a powerful me-too winning story.

  4. Marianne Hord says:

    And yet even though she won the settlement, even though there was leaked audio confirming the gross things he said, even though he admitted to these things (although not fully since he’s still using the excuse of it being a poor joke) there are still people out there saying stuff like “Hope that 9 Million is worth ruining his life” or people still defending Weatherly for it being a joke. Or claiming shes greedy.

    Like, first of all she got this money because she had a 4 year contract she was wrongfully fired from. Thats the money she would have made if she stayed on. And if the Amber Heard story proves anything its that Eliza is gonna be the one struggling to find work. Not Weatherly. Which is really some BS.

    • Mego says:

      Weatherly sounds utterly toxic and if his reputation is destroyed by this it is entirely his own fault. Dusku is a hero for fighting this and writing about what happened to her.

    • Lilly (with the double-L) says:

      It really is some bs and she’s a hero in a terrible situation. I had just started watching that show, but I won’t miss it now.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      “Hope that 9 Million is worth ruining his life”

      I HATE crap like that. If his life was ruined by this, it is because HE ruined his own life with his actions!

  5. Mego says:

    This was such a difficult thing to read and process. She was very brave to put this out there and I wonder what effect it will have on her acting career? Maybe she doesn’t care as she is working toward getting a degree. I wonder as well if this hit to Weatherly’s reputation will finish him for good. Will his wife leave him? If my husband acted like this that would be it for me.

  6. Jay says:

    Smart move roping in Spielberg and forcing his hand to either make changes or show that his TimesUp support was performative.

    • outoftheshadows says:

      Yep. Gauntlet thrown.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      totally. I’d love to see Spielberg step up and either dump the show from Amblin or fire Weatherly.

    • Veronica S. says:

      Haha, yeah, I was like, Damn girl, you ain’t messing around. But then again, considering what she went through on True Lies, I don’t blame her. She’s probably just absolutely had it at this point, and she has the payout to survive well enough even if she doesn’t get more work in the near future.

      • Kitten says:

        Her husband is also very well off so she’s all set in that regard.

      • North of Boston says:

        I think she knows her career is on thin ice, because Lord knows, it’s always the harassment victims who get iced out, and rarely the harassers. She’s financially secure now, has her own production company for projects that she wants to work on, though she’ll probably find her mainstream opportunities limited.

        So she figures she’ll make as much of an impact she can, and highlighting Spielberg’s responsibility in this makes sense (even if it was passive involvement through his production company) He’s got the weight to step up and force real change in their industry.

        Your move Steve.

      • noway says:

        She really is a good actress and it makes me sad that most actresses are put out to pasture at 35ish. God forbid you speak up about mistreatment on sets, I think you get a double mark.

        Now in Steven’s defense, even Eliza thinks he may not have been told the whole truth about this or anything. Which I kind of believe as he produces a ton, I just don’t know if he would know all the specifics, and they sounded shifty in how they resolved it. My guess is if the publicity stays the same the show will be canceled. We probably won’t know what Speilberg does about it too, and career wise no comment would probably be beneficial to Eliza too. If we see her in a Spielberg picture or tv show in the next few years then we will know.

    • Alyse Leitao says:

      Yes. Will his actions meet his words??

      Time to see if he’ll use his immense industry power in the right way!

    • SK says:

      That was my immediate thought too! Clever girl. Bravo! 👏🏼 👏🏼 👏🏼

      Spielberg better step up here or his “support” for Times Up and women is shown as an absolute sham. Honestly, his push for Bay to fire Fox after harassing behaviour combined with his production of a show with a toxic environment like this just goes to show that even so-called “nice guys” in the industry are contributing to a toxic environment, and helping to hold it up.

    • lucy2 says:

      That was a gutsy move, and a smart one.
      While I don’t expect someone like Spielberg to be in on the day to day of a set like that, he has now been made VERY aware of a major problem on one of his properties, and as no one else has stepped up to do the right thing, he should.

  7. Erinn says:

    I love her. This was amazing. She is not here for anyones bs, but I’m so thankful that she has so much evidence to show. I’d believe her anyway, but I’m comforted that she’s subjected to at least a LITTLE less awfulness because of it. And boy, are they still trying to ruin her.

    But that Spielberg part – what a good dig. She’s put him in a position where he has to at least acknowledge the situation. I feel like there’s a lot of powerful men out there saying they support the movement with absolutely no intention of doing anything but wear a pin. I AM thankful for men like Thomas Sadoski, Terry Crews, and Justin Baldoni who DO continue to draw attention to the cause and to the issues with toxic masculinity.

    • Ninks says:

      I love that she did that. I really hope that the press follow this up until he actually goes through with the meeting.

  8. Kitty says:

    My heart goes out to her. Her experiance(one of many, I’m sure), sounds unbearable. I am so glad that she is speaking out. This show and the whole culture surrounding cbs is disgusting. Some of the stuff she says here is crazy, like they used a bikini picture of her…as what? An excuse for her sexual harassment. Friggin terrible.

    • otaku fairy says:

      +1. Slut-shaming has always been a way of not just controlling and silencing women, but of deciding which women it’s acceptable or ‘only natural’ for men (and others) to disrespect, harass, or abuse. Anyone who wants to reduce it to ‘just debate’ or ‘just looking out 4 young wimmenz’ is brainwashed at best, willfully ignorant at worst.

      • OriginalLala says:

        THIS. an older male prof sexually harassed me when i was an undergrad and when i complained about it to the Uni, they asked me if I was showing up to his office hours dressing “like that” — I was wearing a tank top and cardigan — because what message was I sending to a male prof going to his office hours in a tank top? so gross…

    • whatWHAT? says:

      it’s the whole “well, what were you wearing?” BS.

      those people need to see that exhibit that shows what rape victims were wearing. there were pajamas, sweatpants, business suits…and CHILDREN’S CLOTHES. it doesn’t matter that she once wore (let me clutch my pearls!) a bikini. that does not entitle any man to harass her.

      by their logic, I guess that means that if a man is naked in the locker room, he’s asking to be groped or assaulted by other men in there, right?

  9. Kitty says:

    My heart goes out to her. Her experiance(one of many, I’m sure), sounds unbearable. I am so glad that she is speaking out. This show and the whole culture surrounding cbs is disgusting. Some of the stuff she says here is crazy, like they used a bikini picture of her…as what? An excuse for her sexual harassment. Friggin terrible.

  10. Lizzie says:

    god he sounds like such an exhausting loser. i hope she ends up with a netflix show.

  11. Jess says:

    Good for her. This is so brave and it sucks that she’s got to deal with hateful comments in response to this. But hopefully at some point, thanks to all of the brave people who have come forward, our culture will be a little better/safer.

  12. Marty says:

    She sounds amazing, and I’m sorry she had to experience that. Weatherly sounds like he needs a good punch to the nuts.

    • Still_Sarah says:

      I had just started watching “Bull” on a streaming service but I have stopped now. What a jerk Weatherly is. I mostly liked the supporting cast anyway and as a former lawyer, I had to roll my eyes at the depiction of what goes on in the courtroom. I would laugh out loud at the idea of getting bio-metrics from members of the jury (a favourable juror being green, a negative juror being red) to measure how the case is going. I mean, did they hook them all up to monitors or something? Because of course, the court, jurors and prosecutor would all consent to that right? Such BS.

      • Brittney says:

        That data is actually from “mirror jurors” they pick: paid participants who share defining traits with specific members of the actual jury.

        They never show these people, though! Or explain how they follow along… do they watch live streaming footage of the trial? The show definitely assumes its viewers are dumb and unobservant… surprise surprise, CBS

  13. The Rational Consumer says:

    I recently lost a workplace harassment claim—not in court, I tried to have it investigated by HR—only to have it dismissed because there wasn’t enough “proof.” Someone making inappropriate remarks and bullying in front of witnesses was completely dismissed as my own fantasy. I’m so happy Eliza fought back and won.

    • Lilly (with the double-L) says:

      I’m sorry that happened and in these situations they seem to choose a side in advance, regardless of evidence. It’s really such a bad situation and, again, I’m sorry. I understand how horrible that situation is.

  14. Darla says:

    I’m so disgusted by this. Her career is likely ruined, not his. Bull should be cancelled and Eliza should have a starring role on a new show.

    Also, this Spielberg thing just confirms what I thought in the first place – most of these men with these Times Up pins are putting on a show. There is no meaning behind wearing the pin. They probably laugh over it.

    • lucy2 says:

      Some probably laugh, but others are probably all on board with the optics of being supportive…until it comes down to them having to make a hard decision.

  15. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    Fantastic piece. She ticked every vile detractor’s box of validations. NBC, CBS, Amazon…do women, and or men, anywhere in the world believe there’s a place that isn’t infected with vulgar treachery?

  16. HelloSunshine says:

    I had to stop for a minute while reading this because the comments directed towards her were so uncomfortable. I cannot imagine how awful it was to be on set and having it happen in real time. Good for her for bringing attention to this and for not backing down. She’s really brave and I want to hope this creep faces actual consequences, but CBS seems determined to keep him 🙄

    • Alarmjaguar says:

      Agreed, it was sickening, but I’m so glad she laid it all out.

    • Lara K says:

      The worst part is, there are a LOT of people who read all the details and GENUINELY think “well, what’s the big deal? He didn’t touch her – she needs to grow a sense of humor! My husband / brother /friend jokes like that all the time – I wouldn’t want some chick ruining his life for no reason like this”.

      This is so much still part of our culture that many people see this as an acceptable way to treat a colleague. How do you fight that when people think it’s acceptable?

  17. Beer&Crumpets says:

    I’m not all that invested in Weatherly, though I liked NCIS. So I feel ok saying that I doubt it would cause much of a ruckus if he just went all the way away now. He’s not a precious jewel of an artist whose medium is Acting.
    He’s just some dick on a show who could be replaced by someone else who isn’t garbage.

    I accept that Weatherly has female friends with whom he was able to behave. I accept that different people can have different experiences with the same person. I even accept that its possible that his female friends still like him, despite this Eliza Dushku business. But since they made a public stand and backed the wrong horse, itll be interesting to see if any of them will have anything else to say. I hope someone does.

    Heres a long, personal story: I have a friend whom I love dearly and would trust with my life and everything I have. But I have no illusions about him. He has been a total shit-bag to some people and now they pretty much hate him- and rightly so. He earned it. I’ve met some of those people. I’d *never* insinuate that any of them were lying. I’ve been asked how I can still be friends with him a few times, and I dont have a real answer. I just… love him. He can be and has been a straight up turd, but he’s my turd I guess. So much point is that among Weatherly’s friends, I hope someone has the balls to condemn his behavior. I hope someone says that the way Dushku was treated was nasty and that he was wrong to do it. I dont expect anyone to disavow him or burn their friendship, but if any of them are worth a damn as people, *someone* should acknowledge what happened- what was perpetrated by their friend- and condemn the behavior if nothing else. I mean, friends can tell each other when they fuck up, right? Friends are supposed to do that for each other, aren’t they?

    • chips n sticks says:

      Yes. I’d rather a friend call me out than be complacent. It is more sincere, it shows the friendship is sincere.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      as the saying goes, a person who is nice to you and rude to a waiter/waitress is NOT a nice person.

      IMO, a person who is nice to you but a sh*t-bag to other people (who DO NOT deserve it) is also not a nice person.

      it’s nice that you trust this person with your life, but I’d be wary. if he’s a turd to others, he could, at some point, be a turd to you.

      and I’ve been in your situation. friends with someone who treated other members of our group of friends like crap. ALWAYS nice to ME, but kind of dickish to others. I don’t like being around people like that because you never know when they might “turn”…or what they might be saying behind your back.

      • lucy2 says:

        In the last year or so I’ve backed off of a friendship with someone who can be rude like that, to waitstaff, and to other friends. That was enough for me. I CANNOT imagine sticking by someone who would behave as Weatherly has.

    • lamaga18 says:

      I think this is in the same vein as Cool Girl syndrome. “Yeah, he’s an ass, but I’m above/beyond that/can handle it/am immune to it”.

    • North of Boston says:

      “So I feel ok saying that I doubt it would cause much of a ruckus if he just went all the way away now. He’s not a precious jewel of an artist whose medium is Acting.
      He’s just some dick on a show who could be replaced by someone else who isn’t garbage. ”

      Maybe this is finally the right gig for Armie Hammer. He can step in to whatever roles Weatherly had – mid-level CBS procedural seems like it would be a good, bland fit for him.

  18. Mia4s says:

    Bringing out a bathing suit picture as a defence to sexual harassment ?? Good lord, burn CBS to the ground. Toxic trash heap of a company.

    Spielberg is an old school fogey. I doubt he had much direct knowledge of this (Amblin produces a ton of things) but I also doubt he’d be much help either way. He will make a generous donation to something I’m sure, but I don’t have much faith he will make efforts to change the culture at these companies.

    • Mego says:

      Yeah that struck me too. Just wow. So glad Eliza spoke up and out about this mess. She’s one of my heroes now.

    • North of Boston says:

      CBS also floated some on set video, production out takes, to her team, with the idea that it would weaken her case because she was shown cursing. Because of course, women who curse at work do not deserve to work at places free of sexual harassment and bullying /s

      Unfortunately for CBS*, those same videos also included blatant examples of exactly the kind of sexual harassment Dushku reported, only the CBS lawyers were too dense/frat boy-ish/misogynistic to recognize it. So the tapes provided more hard proof of her claims and strengthened her case.

      * no really unfortunate, since they apparently deserve every claim, suit and complaint they have coming.

  19. otaku fairy says:

    My god. His behavior was so gross and it absolutely is sexual harassment. It must have been so hard for her to put up with all of that- especially with the way he was being enabled by others while she was getting punished for not being ok with the predatory behavior at work. Nobody should have to deal with that kind of behavior anywhere, but the fact that it took place while she was just trying to work adds another layer to it. I wonder if there were times when some part of her wanted to just smack him or punch him, but knowing how much trouble she would have gotten into for that and how she’d be portrayed in the media for it held her back.

  20. T says:

    Just goes to show that fame does not exempt any woman from being treated disgustingly innapropriately and illegally. I applaud Eliza for speaking up, for refusing to give up on herself, her rights, and the rights of all people to work in a safe environment. I am appalled but completely unsurprised that Weatherly has not been fired. As the star of the show, a lot of people’s incomes depend on his ability (and the other actors) to make the show a success. They should actively look for a recast and discuss how they are supporting the rest of the staff, writers and crew by continuing the show but in the way it should have always been done – safely, respectfully and legally. But that’s probably a pipe dream.

    • Kitten says:

      According to her account, some of the crew members participated in the harassment so…

      • lucy2 says:

        Yes, I’d like to see them shown the door, publicly, along with him. If a crew member can’t treat people with respect, they cannot work in a professional environment and need to go.

  21. Mina says:

    I loved her op-ed. Super straightforward, detailed enough that you can’t not believe her, and she comes across as someone who knows her worth and stood up for herself. I hate what happened to her and I hope she soons get an amazing show in which she’s the lead and doesn’t have to put up with this.

  22. Wander says:

    After reading about that crap she endured, I have come to the conclusion that he set out to make her leave the show. He saw her talent and felt threatened because he knew she could carry the show all on her own. Not that it would have happened especially under Moonves, which means (if my conclusion is right) that his cozy friendship with the boss wasn’t as cozy as he thought. Furthermore, he may have never felt threatened by his other female friends thus given them similar treatment, which is why they this the sun shines out his butt. Eliza has kicks** talent and I hope we see her acting again.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I totally agree. He was trying to sabatoge her because they were changing from the show being led by 1 person, into a show being led by 2 people. No doubt his ego was insulted and his power threatened. He used harassment as a weapon to remove what he saw as competition.

    • Keaton says:

      I was going to say it was almost like he was hazing her but I think your take is likely more accurate: He was trying to sabotage her because he was jealous and felt threatened. It sounds like he was going to have to share the spotlight with her and his weak ass ego couldn’t handle it. What a piece of shit.

    • Mego says:

      Interesting theory. His aggression seemed to be fueled by an undercurrent of anger so it may be that he was very unhappy about the show going in that direction. He really sabotaged her and the show because those episodes weren’t great at all.

    • North of Boston says:

      That, combined with his complaint about her sense of humor, when she didn’t find his gross inappropriate “jokes” funny, just says “giant insecure glassbowl snowflake” to me. Whatever his role on a network TV series, however much money he makes, or his parents have in trust funds, he’s just a big gross loser.

      Though TBH, his relationship with a 18-19 year old Jessica Alba on Dark Angel, when he was 32 – THIRTY TWO – probably was a red flag about him way back when.

  23. Thaisajs says:

    Good on her for getting this on tape. She deserves every bit of that $9.5 million. Bull should be cancelled.

  24. huckle says:

    I have only seen him on NCIS and I thought he was slimy then. Now I see why.

    • Mego says:

      His character was awful but it’s interesting that he didn’t bother me back in 2008. In 2018 I just cringed watching old episodes.

  25. launicaangelina says:

    She’s amazing and brave!

  26. serena says:

    Embarrassing and disgusting men are still doing this and getting forgiven or simply shrugged upon. This is not frat behaviour, this is sexual harrassment and bullying and people need to be held accountable for it.
    And Seven Spielberg should just swallow his Time’s Up pin.

  27. Harryg says:

    Disgusting. Just terrible.

  28. Helen says:

    he’s such a two-faced piece of shit. rather than have an honest conversation with eliza, the coward went behind her back and got her fired. the alt-right loves to talk about “snowflakes,” but boy – are they the biggest snowflakes ever when people don’t put up with their shit.

    my sister has volunteered for comic-cons in multiple cities for many years and she’s come across many “celebrities.” so many of them treat “the help” like shit. yet, she didn’t have enough nice things to say about eliza. in her words, aside from kevin smith, one of the friendliest, kindest, coolest “celebs” she worked with, by far.

    • Veronica S. says:

      That’s the part that really blows my mind. She didn’t immediately go to HR – she gave him the chance (that he didn’t deserve!) to have an out by confronting him personally. He’s the one who escalated it because he’s so entitled that he went running to Daddy (Moonves) the moment he got called on his behavior. What a piece of work.

    • homeforholidays says:

      And looks like it really started with him being insecure and trying to constantly keep her off balance by targeting her in a sexual way, using her sexuality and gender against her, rather than starting at the point where a woman felt uncomfortable and so confronted a colleague about their supposed bad taste in humour. Consciously or subconsciously, he was probably insecure about her presence and wanted to show he was the boss from the very start. That’s probably why he also boasted about closeness with Moonves.

  29. peanut says:

    Waiting for Reese Witherspoon/Hello Sunshine to swoop in and have Eliza star as a main character in a show/film.

  30. ariel says:

    I want to shame Weatherly’s former co-workers, women, who sang his praises under the dumbass, but easy to fall into theory of- he didn’t harass me, therefore he could never harass anyone- but them, am I just blaming women in the face of a male’s disgusting behavior for which he alone is responsible- well him and every gross executive thriving at CBS.
    When I think of the shows I loved that they tanked because women on those shows didn’t succumb to whatever Moovnes (sp?), etc wanted. They should burn @CBS to the ground.

    • Izzy says:

      We don’t have to blame them for his behavior, but for their dismissals of her claims as though she was a liar, just because they KNOW him? Even WITH the evidence?

      Yeah, that part’s on them.

  31. Marjorie says:

    She’s a badass, just like her usual characters. And quite a good writer, from her op-ed.

    At least we got to find out from this that she married herself a handsome billionaire last summer. Badass.

  32. Liz version 700 says:

    This was horrifying to read. I hope Weatherly goes somewhere and is never heard from again. I personally could never see his face without remembering those awful comments.

    • homeforholidays says:

      She gives you a good perspective of how insidious it is to be bullied in this way on set. All about power for guys like Weatherly.

  33. CA Family Code says:

    Blech, yuk, skeev, ((((((((SHUDDER)))))))), You are a pathetic throwback, Weatherly. BU-BYE BULL.

  34. CA Family Code says:

    “Penis jousting” a giant 7 year old, bullying on the playground (at age 50)

  35. MarcelMarcel says:

    I wish Eliza Dushku hadn’t been put in this shitty situation. However, I am awed by her grace under pressure. I love her work as an actress. I’m definitely rooting for her to succeed in whatever she does next.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I totally agree, she’s handled this so well every step of the way. I’ve casually been a fan for a long time, but I’m committed now! ANYTHING she appears in next, I will totally watch. I want to support her with my viewership, watch lists and ticket sales.

  36. Tallia says:

    Kudos to Eliza for speaking up.
    I honestly do not mind that his friends are speaking about their own interactions with him, but that is just it – it was THEIR interactions with him. I feel sorry for Eliza and I feel sorry for his friends. Friends are supposed to stick up for each other and I imagine they honestly are shocked by this alleged behavior and can’t believe he could actually be guilty of same. I hope they speak out in support of Eliza once they see/hear the irrefutable evidence.

    • Kitten says:

      NO. They are allowed to have their own, vastly different, experience with him. They are allowed to answer questions truthfully about their experience with him. What they are NOT allowed to do is issue a public statement of support after a woman who was victimized by their “friend” comes forward. Their actions don’t exist in a vacuum–their defense of their “friend” undermines Eliza’s experience and validates the people who are doubting the validity of her story.

  37. Lady D says:

    Major respect for her courage, actions, and brains. What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger, and I’d say she came out of this the winner. Seriously sickening what she went through just to go to work.

  38. Yawn says:

    You know, I would love to know the terms of this NDA that Eliza says she signed. It’s my understanding that there could be severe penalties if the terms are “broken” due to someone talking about the case details, but do the terms only apply to Eliza? Meaning… if she talks, she’s gets the hammer? What about the other idiots that spewed their lies all around trying to defend themselves? Can any lawyers on this board weigh in on how these work?

    • homeforholidays says:

      She probably got legal advice telling her she could defend herself against / clarify after-signing-of-NDA misrepresentations of the truth. The NYT piece was after the NDA.

    • homeforholidays says:

      This is from her Boston Globe op-ed: “I was under the impression that Weatherly and Caron would also not respond per our settlement. Instead, both commented to the Times in what amounted to more deflection, denial, and spin. ”
      - So MW and Caron chose to break the NDA first.

    • North of Boston says:

      Yeah, she declined to comment for the NY Times piece because she was honoring the NDA. But when the other parties (Weatherly, Caron, CBS reps, etc) spoke publicly about it, reponding to questions about information that came to light during the Moonves investication, they “broke the seal”. It’s a pretty safe bet that Dushku had legal advise before she wrote, released that Op-Ed. Why should the harasser and his myriad enablers be the only ones who get to share their story. Glad she got a chance to share hers too, and glad she was brave (and financially secure enough) to be able to do so.

      May all good things come Elisa’s way.

  39. hogtowngooner says:

    I can’t remember where I read this, but sometimes it feels like the only anti-harassment message that gets through to the Weatherlys of the world is the one that says “If you would feel uncomfortable if a gay guy treated you this way, don’t do it to women.”

    • Kitten says:

      Yeah my BF has a couple of close, gay, male friends and he says the way he’s been able to truly understand what women feel like being harassed is the one or two times he was in gay spaces with them. He told me that the persistence of some men in the face of outright rejection was just debilitating… the catcalls and harassment, and the unwanted advances really helped him to get what it feels like for so many of us women.

    • lucy2 says:

      That’s a good way to look at it. I also think “would you be ok with someone speaking that way to your mother in her work place?”

  40. Riley says:

    Good for her!! I actually remember these episodes and thought they had great chemistry. I was also surprised that there wasn’t a more permanent romance that stemmed from it. Now we know why!

    Another mediocre Hollywood douche who got lucky!

    What a dick!

  41. mtam says:

    Weatherly should be fired, the show runner should be fired, that crew member should be fired and the show should be canceled. Oh, and Eliza should get her own show, hopefully not at CBS.

    Anyone know who’s in line to take over Moonves job? They should put a strong and fair woman in charge if they really wanna show they are seriously about the decades of abuse they allowed to happen within this company.

    Also waiting to see how Spielberg responds. He is still highly respected in the industry, but based on how he handled the Bay and Megan Fox situation, I don’t have high hopes. I am doubtful he didn’t know who Moones and Weatherly really were and how they behaved (specially given that the show/network had already addressed inappropriate behaviour by Weatherly—re: the yellow card system). I understand everyday set drama doesn’t necessarily reach the top person in charge, but sexual harassment claims most definitely do, specially if they are recurring. This will be interesting.

  42. homeforholidays says:

    Michael Weatherly is cancelled, clearly. The examples illustrate just how these men reinforce the structure and therefore their place/power in the structure by targeting women in a sexual manner. All comes down to power. Go Eliza!

    • TJ says:

      You know what the sad reality is? Is probably Eliza who is done as an actress, because now the boy’s club who still rules almost everything will make it impossible to she get good paying, high profile gigs in the future. The reason will the usual total BS “too difficult to work with/causing to much unwanted attention” argument. Meanwhile I bet this asshole and those who tried AND LUCKILY FAILED to cover him will do just fine after this.


      The culture is really changing or women starting to get calling the shots for real. I hope for the latter but I expect what I wrote earlier.

      • homeforholidays says:

        Well, Moonves has been effectively fired (technically resigned first) with no severence ($120 million) and it does really look like things are changing in their industry. I don’t think Michael Weatherly will come out of this without heavy scars but let’s see what happens. I hope Eliza has a lot of rewarding job opportunities come her way. Exposing them publicly is what really helps, esp for the entertainment business where public image and reputation is so critical. The fear of eventual exposure will deter at least some of these awful men who might otherwise try to cling on to their power and old ways.

  43. MSat says:

    “No one respects women more than me.” Gee, where have we heard that one before?

    Fuck this guy and fuck this show.

  44. Misty says:

    I wasn’t surprised about this at all, given Michael’s history. I am an avid soap fan and I remember him from his early days on Loving on ABC. I liked him on the show and IRL he was dating and then married his costar, Amelia Heinle (she is currently on Y&R). The marriage was brief (two years) and they have a 22-year-old son, August.

    Michael has practically stated (and certainly acted) as if his first family was his starter family but now that he’s older and allegedly more mature, he’s settled down with his wife and kids. He barely acknowledges his eldest son and I suspect that he had little involvement in his rearing.

    From People last year: ‘That was a very difficult time,” he says of splitting in 1997 after less than two years of marriage. “When I got remarried, I wanted to do my very best to ensure that rupture wouldn’t happen again. My kids and my marriage are the things I’m proudest of.”

    Weatherly was in his early 20s when he was cast on the soap opera Loving and its spinoff The City, where he fell in love with castmate Heinle.

    The pair wed in 1995, but after The City was canceled the following year, Weatherly struggled with the stresses of supporting a wife and child.

    I was 27 and could barely take care of myself, but I had to feed people and put a roof over their heads,” he says. Weatherly took pretty much any job that was offered to him to help pay the bills, but that meant lots of time apart and, eventually, divorce. “It’s a tough thing for a kid,” Weatherly says of how son August adjusted to the split. “Especially when one of your parents is on the other side of the country.”

    Twenty-seven is not that old, boo hoo, Amelia is more than four years younger than him and yet she somehow managed to make ends meet and raise their child. 🙄 Also, she left one coast for another at a time, in order for their son to be near his dad and then Michael moved coasts again. In the end their son was largely raised by her alone and then her second husband, Thad Luckinbill.

    Michael also pursued a much younger Jessica Alba whom he dated when she was a teen and they were engaged when she was 20 and he was 32.

    So what he had to say about how he treats women was such BS. Good for Eliza though, I am so glad she wrote that piece. It was very compelling. I don’t get why CBS (Moonves?) loves him so much, not just NCIS/Bull but they have greenlit other productions that he will be involved in. The network should cut ties with him, then again the network is a dumpster fire.

  45. Boxy Lady says:

    I already had a horrible opinion of Caron because he forced the extraordinarily wooden acting of his then girlfriend and now wife on those of us who watched the show Medium. This situation definitely doesn’t improve my opinion of him.

    I’m so glad that Eliza wrote this. I’ve been a fan of hers for quite a while. I am hopeful that she won’t be blackballed. At the very least, I would hope that Robert Deniro would be an ally for her. She’s worked with him at least twice, as a child and as an adult. However, I may be *too* optimistic since no one ever really knows how things will develop.

    • North of Boston says:

      Eliza’s experience, combined with the stories that have come out about CBS under Moonves’ rule, and about Harvey Weinstein, makes me really wonder about all the female voices we never have heard. How many talented actresses just disappeared, after a few roles and a promising start, because these harassing insecure men just didn’t want to have to face them or couldn’t deal with someone who wouldn’t cowtow? How many women who were blacklisted in Hollywood for being “difficult” or whatever, were really just victims of harassment and retaliation.

      It’s like half a generation of talented artists were just submarined and vanished from sight. And in their place we were giving a gazillion episodes of testosterone worshiping Survivor, Big Brother, CSI, NCIS, etc etc.

      • Yoda says:

        Well said, North of Boston. I was super disappointed to find out Eliza hunts or used to hunt for recreation, not survival, however.

  46. Jenn says:

    Drag him, Dushku.

    I think the only time I’ve ever seen Michael Weatherly on TV, he was guest-co-hosting Live With Kelly. I remember being struck by what a slimeball he was—he visibly struggled to keep multiple corny, crass sex jokes from coming out of his mouth. It made my skin crawl, and I honestly wondered when a story would come out about him.

    Dushku has always seemed like a real take-no-prisoners kind of lady. I used to not appreciate that, but… well, that’s changed now.

  47. Funcakes says:

    Wow. What master manilpulator.
    He says everything a predictor would say to try and keep you quiet while mindf#cking you all at the day time.
    I bet he and Les compared notes and have each other tips.
    They should just replace his ass. While put other people out of work.

  48. lucy2 says:

    An interesting note from reading her whole op-ed: Glenn Gordon Caron was the creator and producer of Moonlighting, and was brought in to Bull to make the series more like that.
    1 – What did we always hear about Moonlighting? What a terrible, no fun, b.i.t.c.h. Cybill Sheperd was on set.
    2 – This definitely tracks with the theory that Weatherly felt threatened as the “star” and didn’t want Eliza on the show.