CBS pays actress Eliza Dushku $13 million over harassment claims

Eliza Dushku believed her time on CBS prime-time drama Bull came to a sudden end because she confronted actor Michael Weatherly about comments that made her uncomfortable.
Eliza Dushku believed her time on CBS prime-time drama Bull came to a sudden end because she confronted actor Michael Weatherly about comments that made her uncomfortable.PHOTO: INSTAGRAM / ELIZADUSHKU

NEW YORK (NYTimes) - In March 2017, Eliza Dushku, an actress known for her work on Buffy The Vampire Slayer, signed on to play a major role in three episodes of the CBS prime-time drama Bull.

There were plans to make her a full-time cast member.

Her time on the set began promisingly. The show's star, Michael Weatherly - a mainstay of CBS' prime-time lineup for 15 years - seemed friendly.

Then came a series of comments that made Dushku uncomfortable. In front of the cast and crew, Weatherly remarked on her appearance, made a rape joke and a comment about a threesome.

Shortly after Dushku confronted the star about his behaviour, she was written off the show. She believed her time on Bull came to a sudden end as a result of retaliation.

After she went through mediation with CBS, it agreed to a confidential settlement that would pay her US$9.5 million (S$13 million), roughly the equivalent of what Dushku would have earned if she had stayed on as a cast member for four seasons.

Details of her experience emerged during an investigation when CBS' board hired law firms to examine accusations of sexual misconduct made by multiple women against its former chief executive Leslie Moonves.

Weatherly has apologised for his behaviour with Dushku.