AceShowbiz - Former "Bull" actress Eliza Dushky has spoken out about the sexual harassment that she received on the set of the CBS drama. The actress was previously reported to be given $9.5 million from the network after she came forward with her allegations against co-star Michael Weatherly before she was unfairly fired from the show.
In a report by The New York Times, the actor made a joke about engaging in a threesome with her and another man after her character held up three fingers in once scene. Weatherly claimed in the report that he quickly apologized to Dushky as soon as she told him she wasn't comfortable with his action, 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."
Meanwhile, Dushky felt that the claims were nothing but lies. "I took a job and, because I did not want to be harassed, I was fired," she wrote an OP-ed story published on Wednesday, December 19 on the Boston Globe.
She also revealed that she previously opted to stay silent because she was honoring the terms of the settlement as it included a non-disclosure agreement. However, the "deflection, denial, and spin" from the network, Weatherly and "Bull" showrunner Glenn Gordon Caron in The New York Times report led her to come forward with the truth.
"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," she wrote.
Dushku also revealed that she was given the big settlement money mainly because Weatherly's actions were caught on tape which makes it hard to deny if things go beyond control. In addition, she said that main point of contention in her settlement was the hiring of someone trained in sexual harassment compliance to monitor the acto and the set.
The network also promised Dushky to meet Steven Spielberg. head of Amblin Partners, which produces "Bull" along with CBS Television Studios. But she hasn't met him as of now.
"I cannot help but wonder where the legendary Hollywood director was throughout all of this. I have been a lifelong fan and assumed that if anyone could make changes, it would be Spielberg. Watching the Golden Globes and seeing Spielberg front-and-center wearing a 'Time's Up' pin shortly after my settlement made me especially eager to meet with him," Dushku claimed.