“I suffered almost constant sexual harassment from my co-star.”
This post contains descriptions of sexual harassment.
In 2018, Eliza Dushku received a $ 9.5 million settlement from CBS after she claimed that Bull star Michael Weatherly sexually harassed her on set.
Earlier today, the actor spoke before House Judiciary Committee to detail Weatherly’s alleged harassment, as well as the forced arbitration CBS had her enter.
Dushku said that, despite being told “that the role would be a six-year commitment to play an intelligent, strong leadership lady … written specifically with me in mind,” within the first week of shooting she was “mostly crude., Sexed and lewd verbal attacks. “
“I suffered almost constant sexual harassment from my co-star. This was beyond anything I had experienced in my 30-year career.”
Dushku said Weatherly would call her “Legs” and “smell me and lasciviously look me up and down,” and that in front of the cast and crew he once said he would take me to his rape van and use me. and take me over his knee and strike me like a little girl. “
Dushku also claimed that, after speaking to Weatherly about toning down his comments, he texted the head of CBS Studios and she was fired from the show the next day.
“I’ve worked as an actress since I was a kid and signed countless contracts negotiated on my behalf,” she said, “but never understood that there are mandatory arbitration clauses that would be used to keep secret what happened to me. to protect CBS and the criminal from sexual harassment who openly rebuffed me for trying to stop the harassment in my workplace. “
Take a look at Dushku’s testimony below.
If you or someone you know has experienced a sexual assault, you can call the National Sexual Assault Voting Line at 1-800-656-HOPE, which leads the caller to their nearest sexual assault service provider. You can also search for your local center here.