Former NCIS Stars Defend Michael Weatherly

Last week it was reported that CBS had paid actor Eliza Dushku $9.5 million after she accused Bull star Michael Weatherly of sexual harassment.

The New York Times broke the story which revealed that Dushku believed she had signed on to play a major role across three episodes that would later transition into a full-time position on the cast.

According to the NYT, Weatherly made several comments including a rape joke and a comment about a threesome in front of Dushku as well as cast and crew of the show.

After Dushku reportedly confronted Weatherly, she was written out of the show -- which she believed was retaliation.

Since the story broke, a handful of Weatherly's former castmates from NCIS have spoken out in support of his character.

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"This man... I love, respect, trust, and I KNOW" Pauley Perrette wrote on Twitter with a photo of herself next to Weatherly.

Sasha Alexander also posted a photo alongside the actor with the caption, "I have been in trenches w/ my friend... always laughs, true friend & [heart] as big as they come."

In a statement regarding Dushku's payout, a rep for CBS commented, "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."

"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," the statement continued, "and was determined in a mutually agreed upon mediation process at the time."

While Dushku did not comment for the NYT report, Weatherly claimed his comments were "some jokes mocking some lines in the script".

"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," he said in a statement to the Times. "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."

Perrette and Alexander's have caused a stir with some fans criticising their desire to support Weatherly.

CBS Corporation owns Network 10.

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