Steven Spielberg quits TV show 'Bull'

Last Updated: Wed, Jun 26, 2019 01:15 hrs

[U.S.A], May 10 (ANI): Steven Spielberg stepped down as executive producer of TV show 'Bull' following sexual harassment allegations on Michael Weatherly, director of the series.

News of Spielberg stepping down comes nearly five months after Weatherly was accused of sexual harassment by former co-star Eliza Dushku, reported by US Weekly.

A source confirmed to the weekly that Spielberg, 72, as well as his production company Amblin Television and fellow executive producers Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey, have also parted ways with 'Bull'.

Steven has been a vocal supporter of the "Time's up" movement.

Dushku, 38, also revealed in a March interview with Deadline that she and Spielberg "sat and brainstormed and discussed possible solutions for this systemic imbalance of power, the abuse and harassment that we've been seeing and hearing and experiencing and both in our industry and beyond."

The 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' alum received a $9.5 million settlement from CBS after she claimed that Weatherly, 50, made sexually suggestive comments to her while appearing as a guest star on season 1 of Bull.

The network agreed to confidentially pay the actor against the allegations equivalent of what she would have made if she had stayed on the show for four seasons.

Weatherly apologized in a statement to the Times. "During the course of taping our show, I made some jokes mocking some lines in the script," he said.

"When Eliza told me that she wasn't comfortable with my language and attempt at humour, 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," he added. (ANI)