CBS addresses Michael Weatherly's sexual harassment controversy on the "Bull" renewal

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The US network CBS is supporting its decision to renew the show Bull, what a star Michael Weatherly, shortly after the actor was accused of sexual harassment.

CBS Entertainment chairman Kelly Kahl said Weekly entertainment that Weatherly, 50, "is honest in his remorse" and we "personally believe we can make a mistake and admitted the mistake".

"What happened is something many of us didn't know about," said Kahl of the accident. "We found out when you found out, when it was time to make a decision, we looked at it with a new lens, with new eyes, because many of us were learning it for the first time.

"First of all, Michael made a mistake in his comments, committed that mistake, apologized at the time, regretted it and apologized again when he left, said he was willing to take any kind coaching, any training deemed necessary to create a positive environment. "

Michael Weatherly on & # 39; Bull & # 39;
On "Bull", Weatherly plays Dr Jason Bull, a psychologist and expert in experimental sciences. (CBS)

At the end of last year, the first NCIS Actor found himself at the center of a sexual harassment scandal after the actress Eliza Dushku, his co-star Bull, he came forward with accusations against him.

According to a report in The New York Times, Weatherly made several inappropriate comments in Dushku's presence.

In one case, Dushku, 37, says his character raised three fingers in a scene, after which Weatherly made a joke about getting engaged to her and another man.

He also said that Weatherly made a comment on spanking in front of the cast and crew, and invited her to his "violence van".

Eliza Dushku and Michael Weatherly on "Bull"
Eliza Dushku and Michael Weatherly in a court scene on "Bull". (CBS)

At the time, Weatherly expressed regret to Times on the way he had made Dushku feel.

"During the recording of our show, I made some jokes that mocked a few lines in the script," said Weatherly in the publication statement. "When Eliza told me that she was not comfortable with my language and my attempt at humor, I was mortified for having offended her and immediately apologized. After thinking about this, I understood better that what I said was not neither amusing nor appropriate and I'm sorry and I regret the pain that Eliza caused. "

Michael Weatherly and Eliza Dushku on "Bull"
Eliza Dushku played J.P. Nunnelly, a legal fixer who was also a romantic interest in Weatherly's character. (CBS)

Dushku had initially joined the show for a span of three episodes, with the intention of making them a regular series, but after his accusations became public, it was eliminated from the show.

It was then paid US $ 9.5 million from CBS in a secret deal – related to the amount it would have earned had it remained on the show.

Dushku wrote about his experience in an essay of over 2000 words for the Boston Globe in December, entitled "I worked at CBS. I didn't want to be sexually harassed. I was fired & # 39 ;.

Regarding the way CBS will go on, Kahl said the network is doing its best to protect potential victims in the future, including creating an anonymous phone line and an e-mail address to allow people to lodge complaints.

Michael Weatherly and Cote de Pablo on "NCIS".
Michael Weatherly as agent DiNozzo and Cote de Pablo as Ziva on & # 39; NCIS & # 39 ;. (CBS)

Weatherly's long-standing relationship with CBS also influenced the decision to keep his procedural drama on the air.

"We examined the entirety of his work," Kahl said. "He has been with us for 14 years, there have never been any complaints, I think he took everything seriously, he wants to go on, he is a dad, he is upset by this, he wants to improve it".

Prior to Bull, Weatherly was best known for playing special agent Anthony "Tony" DiNozzo on NCIS from 2003 to 2016.

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