Actress Eliza Dushku has received a $9.5 million settlement from CBS after she alleged she was the subject of inappropriate comments on the set of its hit procedural drama “Bull,” reported The New York Times Thursday.
During her time on the show, appearing on in a three-episode arc during the first season, Dushku said that series star Michael Weatherly frequently made sexual remarks and jokes to her.
Dushku, 37, said she told Weatherly that his remarks made her uncomfortable. She was subsequently written out of the show.
In a statement, CBS told the Times: “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 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, 50, issued an apology to The Times, saying, “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 I regret the pain this caused Eliza.”
Dushku is best known for her role as Faith on “Buffy, the Vampire Slayer” from 1998 to 2003.