CBS is defending its move to award courtroom drama Bull a fourth season despite the fact that series star, Michael Weatherly, has been accused of sexual misconduct.
Actress Eliza Dushku accused Weatherly of making unwanted comments about her appearance and made rape jokes when she was filming season two.
Dushku was gearing up to become a series regular but according to her, she was written out of the show after she complained about Weatherly.
The actress most remembered for her work in Buffy The Vampire Slayer won a $9.5 million settlement over her accusations.
“First and foremost, what we found was Michael made a mistake in his comments. He owned that mistake. He was apologetic at the time,” CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl said.
“When we were looking at a decision and what to do with Bull, what happened was something that a lot of us didn’t know about. So, when it came time to make a decision, we wanted to look at it through a fresh lens and new eyes. We wanted to reassess and look at what happened,” Kahl added.
CBS added that they felt that Weatherly has properly apologized for the incident and that they see no reason to allow him to continue with the series.
The accusations sparked Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television to pull out of producing the show. But CBS has announced that it will take over all duties and keep the show on track.
But CBS also announced changes to its management to allow workers to report misconduct more easily.
The new procedures will include “an independent, third party reporting system for all employees – both in CBS offices and on sets” with “professionals outside of CBS” receiving complaints, “providing another confidential reporting option for our production employee base.”
It all makes one wonder if the power of the #MeToo movement is now officially over.
After a year of men losing their jobs all across Hollywood, lately men have been repeatedly let off the hook. Weatherly is only the latest.
So, it looks like the power of #MeToo is waning, for sure.
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