I’m amazed at the living people can make with Leftism, particularly women. From Lilly Ledbetter to the new #MeToo movement, women feasts. So today actresses get paid millions for mere accusations.
Take this situation with Eliza Dushku formerly with the TV show, Bull. She claimed sexual abuse when the star of the show merely joke about lines.
As The Hollywood Reporter reported,
Actress Eliza Dushku was paid a secret settlement of $9.5 million to quiet reports of sexual harassment she allegedly received from Bull star Michael Weatherly while filming a number of episodes of the CBS show last year, The New York Times reported on Thursday.
Hired to play a love interest of Weatherly’s character on the show, Dushku came on for a three-episode run that was meant to be a much larger role as the series went on. However, after Dushku reported sexually charged comments made by the star to her, she was written off the show. After mediation with the network, CBS paid her a confidential settlement worth $9.5 million.
Understand that Weatherly was reviewing lines about the woman who was to be his “love interest”. And in doing so, the actress being paid millions to play his “love interest” decided to get an earlier payday.
As for what was said, the article continues. Be sure to consider the context.
The alleged harassment that Dushku claims she endured from Weatherly include the actor referring to her as “legs,” joking that he would pull her over his knee and spank her, asking her if she would like to have a “threesome” and inviting her to his “rape van.” She claims the experiences, which took place in front of the entire cast and crew, left her “humiliated.”
The latter remark, Weatherly described, was an attempt at humor based on a line from the script. “The scripted line in that scene was, ‘Hey, young lady, step into my windowless van,’” he said. “I didn’t particularly like that line, so I joked, in order to highlight how distasteful the emphasis of the line was, about an ‘r. van,’ a rape van,” Weatherly said.
Clearly, Weatherly is criticizing the writing, implying nothing else.
And while his style wasn’t everybody’s cup of tea, is it really worth suing over? A cushy role on a hit show, and suddenly this chick is offended over comments like that.
I would have played his love interest for a fraction of that amount. Well, as long as I didn’t have to kiss him or screw him. But if I was just at home when he came back from being Bull, then I’d give him a glass of wine, ask a few questions, and comfort my multi-million dollar making high-powered jury selector.
The article continues,
Weatherly also issued an apology to the Times, 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.”
Given CBS’s recent sexual abuse controversies, this claim looks rather opportunistic.
Recall that CBS president Les Moonves was ousted over sexual abuse allegations in September of this year. And it was while investigating this case, the case against Weatherly was uncovered.
As for Weatherly, to have to issue an apology for doing what people do naturally is ridiculous. How far does the #MeToo movement want to take this. Because I predict when the movement starts crushing female executives, suddenly adults will get their sanity back.
CBS issued a statement:
“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,” a statement from CBS obtained by the Times read. “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.”
What CBS commits to is accepting extortion. As I said earlier, until the winds change direction against women–and it will–we must endure these types of settlements. But when that day comes, I will shout loudly and boldly, “I BELIEVE HIM!”