UPDATE: Following Pauley Perrette‘s tweets on Monday alluding to being physically assaulted on the set of NCIS, CBS Television Studios gave the following statement to E! News: “Pauley Perrette had a terrific run on NCIS and we are all going to miss her. Over a year ago, Pauley came to us with a workplace concern. We took the matter seriously and worked with her to find a resolution. We are committed to a safe work environment on all our shows.”
Pauley Perrette has taken to Twitter to address speculation surrounding her exit from NCIS.
Days after her last episode aired, the actress, who portrayed character Abby Sciuto for 352 episodes and 15 seasons of the series, sent out messages regarding her decision to leave the show.
“I refused to go low, that’s why I’ve never told publicly what happened,” Perrette tweeted to her social media followers over the weekend. “But there are tabloid articles out there that are telling total lies about me. If you believe them? Please leave me alone. You clearly don’t know me. (Sorry guys, had to be said).”
“Maybe I’m wrong for not ‘spilling the beans’ Telling the story, THE TRUTH,” she continued hours later. “I feel I have to protect my crew, jobs and so many people. But at what cost? I.don’t know. Just know, I’m trying to do the right thing, but maybe silence isn’t the right thing about crime. I’m… Just… ?”
“There is a ‘machine’ keeping me silent, and feeding FALSE stories about me. A very rich, very powerful publicity ‘machine’. No morals, no obligation to truth, and I’m just left here, reading the lies, trying to protect my crew. Trying to remain calm. He did it,” she told her fans. “I’ve been supporting ant-bullying programs forever. But now I KNOW because it was ME! If it’s school or work, that you’re required to go to? It’s horrifying. I left. Multiple Physical Assaults. I REALLY get it now. Stay safe. Nothing is worth your safety. Tell someone.”
Perrette’s last episode aired on May 8.
This article was first published at 12:22 p.m. on May 14.