Steven Spielberg, company pull out of ‘Bull’ after harassment allegations, reports say
Michael Weatherly stars in “Bull” (Photo: CBS)
Steven Spielberg and his production company Amblin Television have pulled out of the CBS hit show “Bull” months after sexual harassment allegations against the show’s star, Michael Weatherly.
“We can confirm that we are no longer associated with the show,” a spokeswoman for Spielberg’s company, Amblin Television, told the The New York Times.
Spielberg and Amblin Television co-heads Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey served as executive producers on “Bull” for the first three seasons of the procedural drama. The show was renewed May 9 for a fourth season.
In December, The Times reported that CBS paid actress Eliza Dushku $9.5 million to settle her claim that she was sexually harassed by Weatherly.
Weatherly told The Times he made jokes to Dushku “mocking some lines in the script” and he was “mortified to have offended her.”
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In a lengthy Boston Globe essay, Dushku wrote that the harassment was caught on camera and lasted “weeks” while she worked on the series.
Industry website Deadline.com referred to the move by Spielberg as “bold” since a long-running CBS procedural is considered one of the most lucrative propositions in TV.
Spielberg and his wife, Kate Capshaw, have been major supporters of the Time’s Up movement.
Dushku, 38, said in a March Deadline interview that she met with Spielberg “and brainstormed and discussed possible solutions for this systemic imbalance of power, the abuse and harassment that we’ve been seeing and hearing and experiencing and both in our industry and beyond.”
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