Fears Michael Weatherly’s fac­ing ax as se­cret $9.5M pay­off to co-star goes pub­lic


BULL star Michael Weatherly’s job is on the line fol­low­ing the bomb­shell rev­e­la­tion CBS big­wigs paid his co-star El­iza Dushku a stag­ger­ing $9.5 mil­lion to hush up his sex­ual ha­rass­ment be­hav­ior and claims she was fired for con­fronting him!

“CBS is get­ting tons of pres­sure from ac­tivists’ groups to fire Michael,” spills an in­sider. “Ev­ery­one is talk­ing about it, and peo­ple think it’s in­evitable he will be fired.

“El­iza was the vic­tim. Michael made to­tally in­ap­pro­pri­ate re­marks about spank­ing her, so­lic­it­ing a three­some, tak­ing her into his ‘rape van’ and com­ment­ing on her ap­pear­ance, of­ten in front of cast and crew.

“He’s apol­o­gized, but it may not be enough to save his neck.”

Weatherly, 50, left the hit NCIS, where he played Navy Spe­cial Agent An­thony DiNozzo, af­ter 13 sea­sons in 2016 to be the star of the le­gal drama Bull. Around that time, he was also busted for DUI, got three years pro­ba­tion and was sent to an al­co­hol pro­gram. Now, friends are wor­ried the scan­dal could spend him into a boozy spi­ral.

Dushku, 38, who’d been

on Buffy the Vam­pire Slayer and in the flick Wrong Turn, joined Bull in March to play a de­fense at­tor­ney. She was Weatherly’s ro­man­tic in­ter­est for three episodes — with the idea she might come on­board per­ma­nently.

Soon af­ter join­ing the show, Weatherly be­gan mak­ing cracks in front of the cast and crew that left her em­bar­rassed and hu­mil­i­ated, says a source.

On a day she was wear­ing a suit, he said “Here comes legs,” says the source

An­other time, he said he’d “bend her over his leg and spank her,” says the source.

Weatherly later claimed it was “meant as a joke” and was a line from a Cary Grant movie, says the source.

Af­ter she made a “three fingers” ges­ture in a scene, she says Weatherly got laughs from the crew say­ing she wanted to have a three­some with him and an­other ac­tor.

No laugh­ing mat­ter

That prompted a crew mem­ber to later ap­proach her and say he wanted to be part of the menage — leav­ing her feel­ing “dis­gusted and vi­o­lated,” says a source.

Dur­ing the shoot­ing of a scene with a win­dow­less van, she says Weatherly said he’d take her into his “rape van” which had a sup­ply of sex toys in­side, says the source.

Weatherly later

Dushku says

re­mark to her,

re­sponded by ask­ing why she didn’t re­port the guy. Weatherly then texted CBS TV Stu­dios Pres­i­dent David Stapf he wanted to talk about Dushku’s sense of hu­mor, and shortly af­ter, she was fired.

“Within days of con­fronting Mr. Weatherly, Ms. Dushku was writ­ten off the show,” says the source.

Weatherly in­sists he “didn’t tell any­one how they should do their job re­gard­ing the hir­ing or fir­ing of any­body.”

But she was given $9.5 mil­lion and agreed to re­main silent on the mat­ter.

Now that the story’s sur­faced, Weatherly is in the line of fire — de­spite sup­port from some of his cast and crew­mates.

“There have been a lot of hushed talks be­hind closed doors,” says the source. “There’s no doubt in any­one’s mind Michael could be fac­ing the chop­ping block, and a lot of peo­ple think he de­serves it.”

For­mer NCIS star Weatherlyis in hot wa­ter — and could be on the chop­pingblock — now that his in­ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­ior has been made pub­lic

Dushku felt vi­o­lated by her lead­ing man’s con­stant cracks,source spills Af­ter com­plain­ing about Weatherly’s sex­ual an­tics, El­iza Dushku was booted from the show

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