In a statement to CNN, first released to The Times, CBS confirmed the settlement and pledged to improve working conditions.
“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 told the publication: “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.”
CNN has reached out to reps for Dushku and Weatherly for comment.
Dushku made headlines earlier this year when she shared her account of being molested by a stunt coordinator as a 12-year-old during the filming of the 1994 movie, “True Lies.”
Eliza Dushku accuses stuntman of molestation
The stunt coordinator denied her allegations and no criminal charges have been brought.
Dusku’s settlement with CBS coincided with the network’s widespread investigation into its company culture.
In September, the longtime CBS chairman and chief executive officer Les Moonves was pushed out after multiple allegations of sexual misconduct and retaliation.
Two months later, The Times reported that Moonves also worked to bury allegations of a forced sexual encounter from one accuser.
The fall of Les Moonves
Moonves has denied allegations of retaliation and maintains any sexual interactions were consensual.