CBS Entertainment President Kelly Kahl has spoken out after it was revealed the network has decided to bring back “Bull” for a fourth season, despite the sexual harassment controversy surrounding the show’s lead actor.
Kahl defended Michael Weatherly after he was accused of sexual misconduct by former co-star Eliza Dushku. He said during CBS’ upfront press briefing: “He owned that mistake.”
She added, according to TVLine: “He was apologetic at the time.”
Kahl also brought up Weatherly’s long relationship with the network as being a factor in their decision.
Earlier this year, Dushku, 39, was awarded a $9.5-million settlement over her allegations that Weatherly made sexually suggestive comments to her and exhibited offensive behaviour, creating a toxic environment on the set.
Dushku had been brought on the show on a recurring basis to play the love interest of Weatherly’s character, but was fired after complaining about the former “NCIS” star’s on-set behaviour.
In a subsequent statement, Weatherly denied having anything to do with Dushku being fired, but did own up to behaviour that was “both not funny and not appropriate,” adding that he was “sorry” for the pain he had caused her.
Weatherly’s former boss, Les Moonves resigned from CBS following a sexual misconduct investigation. CBS pledged $20 million to support sexual harassment organizations following the allegations against Moonves.