CBS renews ‘Bull’ despite Michael Weatherly’s alleged sexual harassment – AOL

[ad_1]

CBS renewed its popular legal drama “Bull” for a fourth season despite the controversy surrounding the show’s star, Michael Weatherly, who was accused of harassing actress Eliza Dushku while on set.

Shortly after CBS announced the show’s renewal, Steven Spielberg’s production company Amblin Television said it was cutting ties with the show, Deadline reported.

Spielberg served as an executive producer on “Bull,” along with Amblin Television co-presidents Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey.

A New York Times investigation published in December revealed that CBS reached a $9.5 million settlement with Dushku, who starred in “Bull,” after she confronted Weatherly for allegedly making inappropriate comments to her on set in front of cast and crew members.

46 PHOTOS

Michael Weatherly through the years

See Gallery

Michael Weatherly (Photo by J. Vespa/WireImage)

Jessica Alba & Michael Weatherly (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

Michael Weatherly & Murray during The Lint Roller Party at Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, California, United States. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)

UNITED STATES – JULY 18: CBS Party at Dodger’s Stadium – TCA Press Tour In Los Angeles, United States On July 18, 2004-Pauley Perrette and Michael Weatherly of ‘NCSI,’ at the CBS Party for Television Critics Association’s (TCA) Press Tour. (Photo by Barbara BINSTEIN/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

MONTE CARLO, MONACO – JUNE 30: US actor Michael Weatherly attends the photocall of ‘Navy NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service’ during the 46th annual Monte Carlo Television Festival at the Forum Grimaldi, on June 30, 2006 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – AUGUST 1: ‘Agent Afloat’ — The NCIS team (Michael Weatherly, left, Mark Harmon, center and Cote de Pablo, right) investigate a mysterious suicide aboard a carrier on NCIS Tuesday Sept. 30 (8:00-9:00PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images)

VALENCIA, CA – SEPTEMBER 04: (L-R) Actors David McCallum, Lauren Holly, Pauley Perrette, Sean Murray, Cote de Pablo, Brian Dietzen, Mark Harmon and Michael Weatherly attend the NCIS 100th Episode celebration at the Valencia Studios on September 4, 2007 in Valencia, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MAY 06: Actor Michael Weatherly and his niece Alexandra arrive at the 2007 TV Week Logie Awards at the Crown Casino on May 6, 2007 in Melbourne, Australia. The annual television awards sees Australia’s most popular television talent compete for the coveted awards, of which there are 11 Most Popular categories and 11 industry-voted Most Outstanding categories. (Photo by Patrick Riviere/Getty Images)

VALENCIA – NOVEMBER 19: ‘Flesh and Bone’– Gibbs questions DiNozzoÕs (Michael Weatherly, right) ability to do his job when the elder DiNozzo (special guest star Robert Wagner, left) becomes involved in their latest investigation, on ÒNCIS, Tuesday Jan.12 (8:00-9:00PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – OCTOBER 13: ‘Child’s Play’- The team (Michael Weatherly, Mark Harmon, Sean Murray, left to right) must put their Thanksgiving plans on hold when the horrific death of a Marine leads them to a government think tank that employs child prodigies, on NCIS, Tuesday Nov. 24 (8:00-9:00PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Michael Yarish/CBS via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – JUNE 1: ‘Jack Knife’ – When a Marine is found dead, DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly) and the team hit the open road to bust an illegal trucking operation, on NCIS, Tuesday Feb. 9 (8:00-9:00PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Michael Yarish/CBS via Getty Images)

(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) MONTE-CARLO, MONACO – JUNE 09: ***EXCLUSIVE ACCESS*** Actor Michael Weatherly attends the ‘NCIS’ portrait session at Grimaldi Forum during the annual Monte Carlo Television Festival on June 9, 2010 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Francois G. Durand/WireImage)

LOS ANGELES – -OCTOBER 3: ‘Enemies Foreign’ — DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly) and the team are assigned to protect Ziva’s father, when his attendance at a NCIS conference leads to some unexpected surprises on ‘NCIS,’ Tuesday, November 16 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – JANUARY 9: ‘Secrets’ — When a Navy captain is found dead with an unusual costume hidden under his uniform, NCIS uncovers a secret society of real-life super heroes and must track down the villain, on NCIS, Tuesday, Feb. 14 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Perrey Reeves (right) guest stars as Wendy Miller, DiNozzo’s (Michael Weatherly, left) journalist ex-fiance. (Photo by Ron P. Jaffe/CBS via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – MARCH 11: ‘Dead Reflection’ — The NCIS team (left to right: Cote de Pablo, Michael Weatherly and Mark Harmon) tracks a Navy lieutenant’s killer after a Pentagon security camera reveals a petty officer committing the crime. Meanwhile, Gibbs announces that Agent Barrett and her team will take over the Port-to-Port serial killer case, on NCIS, Tuesday, April 12 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – AUGUST 24: A petty officer is gunned down in a billionaire’Âs Ferrari and the investigation leads the NCIS team to discover a link to a man Gibbs was named after, on NCIS, Tuesday, Oct. 30 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured left to right: Mark Harmon and Michael Weatherly (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images) *** Local Caption)

LOS ANGELES – APRIL 25: ‘Till Death Do Us Part’ — Terrorism threatens to shake the foundations of the Navy and NCIS, when the team continues to be eluded by the newest member of the NCIS Most Wanted Wall. Meanwhile, Jimmy Palmer’s destination wedding is impacted by the case, on the season finale of NCIS, Tuesday, May 15 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured left to right: Cote de Pablo, Sean Murray and Michael Weatherly (Photo by Michael Yarish/CBS via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 16: Michael Weatherly visits ‘Extra’ at The Grove on October 16, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images for Extra)

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 15: Actors Michael Weatherly, Cote de Pablo and Mark Harmon attend the 2013 CBS Upfront at The Tent at Lincoln Center on May 15, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)

LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 08: Actors Josh Holloway (L) and Michael Weatherly attend The 40th Annual People’s Choice Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on January 8, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

LOS ANGELES – AUGUST 27: ‘Anonymous Was a Woman’ — Gibbs and McGee (Sean Murray, left) travel to Afghanistan when a murder case leads them to an Afghan women’s shelter Mike Frank’Âs secretly supported for years, on NCIS, Tuesday, Oct. 15 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Also pictured: Michael Weatherly. (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – JULY 17: (L-R) Actors Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette and Brian Dietzen arrive at the CBS, The CW, Showtime & CBS Television Distribution 2014 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at Pacific Design Center on July 17, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Barry King/FilmMagic)

LOS ANGELES – NOVEMBER 10: ‘Check’ — The NCIS team must investigate a series of crime scenes that appear to be copy-cats of previous cases, on NCIS, Tuesday, Jan. 6 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured left to right: Emily Wickersham and Michael Weatherly (Photo by Greg Gayne/CBS via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – AUGUST 26: ‘Choke Hold’ — The Secretary of the Navy assigns the NCIS team to a joint terrorism task force after a Naval research scientist is murdered and the lead suspect is wanted by the Russian government. In order to get a jump on the case, Gibbs has DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly) run interference with the leader of the task force, FBI Agent Leia Pendergast, on NCIS, Tuesday, Oct. 14 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Michael Yarish/CBS via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – NOVEMBER 20: ‘Sister City: Part One’ — After the passengers and crew of a private plane traveling from New Orleans to Washington D.C. are lethally poisoned, all evidence points to the missing chef, Abby’s brother, Luca (Tyler Ritter). Gibbs and the D.C. team work in conjunction with Pride and the New Orleans team to locate Luca and determine why a private tech company was targeted, on the first part of a special two-hour crossover event on NCIS, Tuesday, Jan. 5 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured left to right: Pauley Perrette and Michael Weatherly (Photo by Bill Inoshita/CBS via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 07: (R) Actor Michael Weatherly and guest attend the Hennessy Toasts Achievements In Music on February 7, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Unique Nicole/WireImage)

NEW YORK – JULY 27: ‘The Woman in 8D’– Dr. Bull and his Trial Analysis Corporation (TAC) team must formulate a new defense strategy when they discover the jury has a subconscious gender bias toward their client, a female pilot accused of negligence after one of her flights crashes, on BULL, Tuesday, Sept. 27 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Michael Weatherly as Dr. Jason Bull (Photo by Jojo Whilden/CBS via Getty Images)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – AUGUST 10: Actor Michael Weatherly speaks onstage at the ‘Bull’ panel discussion during the CBS portion of the 2016 Television Critics Association Summer Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 18: Actress Michael Weatherly and Bojana Jankovic attend the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images).

NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 29: ‘Bedside Manner’—- Bull must find a way to reverse the negative effect his egomaniacal client, a surgeon with a God complex being sued for malpractice, has on the jury. Also, Bull hires Liberty Davis (Dena Tyler), a previous client’s attorney, when he decides Benny may not be sympathetic enough to the jurors, on BULL, Tuesday, Nov. 1 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Michael Weatherly as Dr. Jason Bull (Photo by Craig Blankenhorn/CBS via Getty Images)

ALSO READ   Fox News announces new streaming service for its biggest fans

NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 05: Michael Weatherly attends TV Guide Magazine Celebrates CBS’ Michael Weatherly at HGU New York on October 5, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)

NEW YORK – OCTOBER 11: ‘Callisto’–When Bull and Trial Analysis Corp. help a young woman fight a drug patent lawsuit, they are forced to travel to Callisto, the small Texan town where Bull suffered the only trial loss of his career, on BULL, Tuesday, Oct. 18 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Michael Weatherly as Dr. Jason Bull Image is a screen grab. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)

NEW YORK – MARCH 4: ‘Welcome Back, Dr. Bull’– Bull makes a deal with top criminal attorney J.P. Nunnelly (guest star Eliza Dushku) to defend Benny when he goes to trial for misconduct in a case related to his former career with the District Attorney’s office, on BULL, Tuesday, May 9 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Michael Weatherly as Dr. Jason Bull (Photo by David Giesbrecht/CBS via Getty Images)

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO – JUNE 16: Bojana Jankovic and Michael Weatherly attend the 57th Monte Carlo TV Festival Opening Ceremony on June 16, 2017 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale – Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO – JUNE 16: Michael Weatherly arrives at the Opening Ceremony of the 57th Monte Carlo TV Festival and World premier of Absentia Serie on June 16, 2017 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Tony Barson/FilmMagic)

US actor Michael Weatherly poses during a photocall for the TV show ‘Bull’ as part of the 57th Monte-Carlo Television Festival on June 18, 2017 in Monaco.
The Monte-Carlo Television Festival held since 1961, aims at encouraging the new art form of television. / AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO – JUNE 20: Michael Weatherly and his wife Bojana Jankovic attends the closing ceremony of the 57th Monte Carlo TV Festival on June 20, 2017 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 26: Actor Michael Weatherly visits Build to discuss ‘Bull’ at Build Studio on September 26, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images)

NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 29: ‘The Devil, The Detail’– Bull agrees to help the parents of a former employee sue a drug company when their son commits suicide during a drug trial. However, the task is complicated when the company brings in their own trial scientist, Arti Cander (Emmy Award winner Archie Panjabi), on BULL, Tuesday, Nov 14 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Michael Weatherly as Dr. Jason Bull (Photo by David Giesbrecht/CBS via Getty Images)

NEW YORK – JULY 13: ‘The Ground Beneath Their Feet’–Bull returns to work after his heart attack with a new client for the firm to represent in civil court, an insurance company being sued by a dying mother for denying her a liver transplant, on the third season premiere of BULL, Monday, Sept. 24 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Michael Weatherly as Dr. Jason Bull (Photo by Craig Blankenhorn/CBS via Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 24: Actor Michael Weatherly attends the ‘Last Days Of Disco’ 20th anniversary screening at Walter Reade Theater on May 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images)

NEW YORK – MARCH 31: ‘Redemption’ — Bull helps Jim Grayson (Nathan Darrow), a respectable family man who was arrested for changing his identity after being the unwitting getaway driver in a fatal robbery years ago. Bull hopes they can convince the jury that Jim has redeemed himself for his past misdeeds by living an upstanding life for years, on BULL, Tuesday, April 3 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Michael Weatherly as Dr. Jason Bull Photo is a screen grab. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)

NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 3: ‘Keep Your Friends Close’–Bull is brought on to help the FBI’s case against a hacker whom they believe breached air traffic control at LaGuardia Airport. But when Cable learns that the accused is her friend’s husband, she risks breaking the law — and defying Bull — to try and prove his innocence, on BULL, Tuesday, Feb. 6 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Michael Weatherly as Dr. Jason Bull Image is a screen grab. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)

NEW YORK – MAY 18: BULL stars Michael Weatherly as Dr. Jason Bull in a drama inspired by the early career of Dr. Phil McGraw, the founder of one of the most prolific trial consulting firms of all time. Brilliant, brash and charming, Dr. Bull is the ultimate puppet master as he combines psychology, human intuition and high tech data to learn what makes jurors, attorneys, witnesses and the accused tick. This fall, BULL will be broadcast Tuesdays (9:00-10:00 PM, ETPT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Patrick Harbron/CBS via Getty Images)

ALSO READ   Bill Cosby retrial, Day 7: Jury hears his lurid testimony about alleged sexual encounter

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 18: Actor Michael Weatherly of ‘Bull’ attends the 2016 CBS Upfront at Oak Room on May 18, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)




HIDE CAPTION

SHOW CAPTION

Weatherly reportedly told CBS Television Studios President David Stapf of her accusations, and Dushku was later written off the show. 

Dushku believed that her role on “Bull” was terminated in retaliation for speaking out against Weatherly’s behavior. Through mediation, Dushku and CBS reached the settlement, which totaled the amount she would’ve been paid if she’d stayed on the show for four seasons.

Spielberg and his wife, Kate Capshaw, have made some of the biggest contributions to the Time’s Up movement, an organization founded in 2018 by women in the entertainment industry that advocates for workplace equality and stands against abuse and harassment.

Capshaw and Spielberg have donated $2 million to the cause.

15 PHOTOS

Steven Spielberg out and about

See Gallery

NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 27: Steven Spielberg attends ‘Five Came Back’ world premiere at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on March 27, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Chance Yeh/FilmMagic)

NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 27: Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw attend ‘Five Came Back’ world premiere at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on March 27, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Chance Yeh/FilmMagic)

NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 15: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Glenn Close as ‘Norma Desmond’ and Steven Spielberg pose backstage at the matinee of the hit musical ‘Sunset Boulevard’ on Broadway at The Palace Theater on February 15, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – DECEMBER 08: Founder, USC Shoah Foundation Steven Spielberg (L) and honoree George Lucas attend Ambassadors for Humanity Gala Benefiting USC Shoah Foundation at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on December 8, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – DECEMBER 08: Founder, USC Shoah Foundation Steven Spielberg speaks onstage during Ambassadors for Humanity Gala Benefiting USC Shoah Foundation at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on December 8, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 25: Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw are seen on October 25, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Gardiner Anderson/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 15: Kate Capshaw, Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, and Rita Wilson at theThe Museum of Modern Art Film Benefit: A Tribute to Tom Hanks at The Museum of Modern Art on November 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Gonzalo Marroquin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

BEIJING, CHINA – OCTOBER 10: American director Steven Spielberg attends promotional event for his film ‘Big Friendly Giant’ at Tsinghua University on October 10, 2016 in Beijing, China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 17: Mark Rylance and Steven Spielberg arrive for the UK film premiere of ‘The BFG’ at Odeon Leicester Square on July 17, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – JUNE 21: Composer John Williams (L) and director Steven Spielberg arrive at the premiere of Disney’s ‘The BFG’ at the El Capitan Theatre on June 21, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – JUNE 21: Steven Spielberg arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of Disney’s ‘The BFG’ held at the El Capitan Theatre on June 21, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – JUNE 09: Actress Kate Capshaw and director Steven Spielberg attend the 44th AFI Life Achievement Awards gala tribute at Dolby Theatre on June 9, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – JUNE 09: Director Steven Spielberg onstage during American Film Institute�s 44th Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute show to John Williams at Dolby Theatre on June 9, 2016 in Hollywood, California. 26148_001 (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Turner)

CAMBRIDGE, MA – MAY 26: Steven Spielberg receives an Honorary Doctor of Arts Degree from Harvard University at their 365th Commencement Exerices at Harvard University on May 26, 2016 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 19: Director Steven Spielberg stops by the set of ‘Rebel in the Rye’ on May 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/GC Images)




HIDE CAPTION

SHOW CAPTION

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

[ad_2]

READ SOURCE

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here