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Steven Spielberg Leaves CBS' Bull After Harassment Allegations Against Star

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Steven Spielberg and his Amblin Entertainment production company exit CBS courtroom procedural TV show Bull after sexual harassment allegations against series star Michael Weatherly. Bull premiered on CBS in Fall 2016 and introduced the lead team of a trial consulting firm called TAC (Trial Analysis Corporation). The team is lead by Dr. Jason Bull (Weatherly), a psychologist and trial scientist. He's helped by TAC's in-house lawyer Benny Colón (Freddy Rodriguez), former Homeland Security officer Marissa Morgan (Geneva Carr), former FBI agent Danny James (Jaime Lee Kirchner) and fashion expert Chunk Palmer (Christopher Jackson).

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At the end of season 1, Eliza Dushku joined the Bull cast as J.P. Nunnelly, a fixer who helps Bull with charges against Benny in exchange for help on three cases. Though it seemed the show was setting the character up to become part of the main cast, Dushku didn't return for Bull season 2. Then, in December 2018, Dushku went public with allegations of sexual harassment against Weatherly while on the Bull season 1 set. Dushku revealed she was paid $9.5 million in a settlement after claiming the sexual harassment lead to her being fired unfairly from a role that she had been lead to believe would evolve into a series regular role. Though Bull has continued on CBS, and was recently renewed for season 4, one of its producers has departed.

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Now, Deadline reports that Steven Spielberg and the TV branch of his Amblin Entertainment production company, Amblin Television, including Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey, are no longer attached to CBS' Bull. A representative for Amblin confirmed the exit to Deadline, but declined to further comment. Amblin Television had been involved in the production of Bull since the beginning, but will no longer be attached as the series heads into its fourth season.

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As pointed out by Deadline, Spielberg has been a major supporter of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements since they launched in late 2017/early 2018. The movements were inspired by a New York Times exposé about Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein regarding the numerous allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault made against him by various women. Weinstein has since been removed from his studio, The Weinstein Company, as well as various Hollywood organizations like the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and is currently facing criminal charges. But though there have been exposés regarding other major figures in Hollywood, not all have faced consequences.

In the case of Bull, CBS has decided to continue moving forward with the series, given their annoucement that the show has been renewed. (It should be pointed out that former CBS CEO Les Moonves was at the center of sexual misconduct allegations last year, and he reportedly fostered a toxic culture at the company; Moonves has since exited CBS.) However, while CBS seems confident in Bull's future, it appears Spielberg isn't. Although neither Spielberg nor Amblin provided a reason for their exit from Bull, Dushku did say earlier this year that she'd met with the producers after her allegations became public. It seems that, for whatever reason, Spielberg and Amblin no longer wanted to be involved with Bull.

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Source: Deadline

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