CBS quietly paid actress Eliza Dushku a $9.5 million settlement after she alleged the network wrote her off of the show "Bull" following sexual harassment complaints she lodged against the show's star, Michael Weatherly, The New York Times reports.
Dushku appeared in three episodes of the show and had been assured of a significant recurring role, but was axed after she confronted Weatherly over comments he made regarding rape, a threesome, and her figure.
The deal was confidential, but details emerged as part of an independent examination of CBS's culture in the wake of sexual misconduct charges leveled against former CEO Les Moonves.
CBS confirmed the settlement to the Times.
"The allegations in Ms. Dushku's claims are an example that, while we remain committed to a culture defined by a safe, inclusive and respectful workplace, our work is far from done," CBS said. "The settlement of these claims reflects the projected amount that Ms. Dushku would have received for the balance of her contract as a series regular, and was determined in a mutually agreed upon mediation process at the time."
Weatherly also issued an apology, saying, "During the course of taping our show, I made some jokes mocking some lines in the script. When Eliza told me that she wasn't comfortable with my language and attempt at humor, I was mortified to have offended her and immediately apologized. After reflecting on this further, I better understand that what I said was both not funny and not appropriate, and I am sorry and regret the pain this caused Eliza."