CBS is not taking reports that Pauley Perrette was mistreated on the NCIS set lightly. The network responded to the actress's complaints right away.
Trying To Do The Right Thing
Perrette, who played goth forensic scientist Abby Scuito on the hit crime procedural for 15 seasons, alleged that she suffered multiple physical assaults during her tenure on the show.
The actress took to Twitter to elaborate on rumors circulating about the real reasons for her departure. There was speculation she left over an ongoing dispute with co-star Mark Harmon, whose pitbull was often present on set and allegedly injured a crew member.
In a series of tweets, Perrette alluded to the massive publicity machine keeping her quiet over what had really happened. Although she didn't name any names, telling fans simply "he did it" seemed to suggest the stories about Harmon were indeed true.
Perrette took issue with tabloids spreading lies about her, but argued that she was trying to protect her cast and crew from further scrutiny by keeping mum on the matter.
"Maybe silence isn't the right thing about crime. Multiple Physical Assaults. I REALLY get it now. Stay safe. Nothing is worth your safety. Tell someone," she wondered aloud.
Perrette later added that her continued, high-profile work with anti-bullying programs made her feel like a hypocrite.
Taking It Seriously
CBS Television Studios responded to Perrette's allegations. In a statement to Variety, the network set the record straight about the situation, and how they attempted to handle it at the time.
"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," it read.
Although the actress didn't respond officially, she tweeted to thank CBS for standing by her.
"I want to thank my studio and network CBS They have always been so good to me and always had my back," she wrote.
An Emotional Sendoff
Perrette wrapped up her time on NCIS on the episode aired on May 8. It's worth noting that she did not share any screen time with Harmon during her last episode.
The actress thanked fans on Twitter for their support and expressed hope that the good work she had done was enough. Abby was a fan favorite throughout Perrette's 15 seasons on the hit show.
Her final episode, the second in an emotional two-part sendoff which saw the goth scientist on the brink of death, drew 14.8 million viewers, the highest rating for the season so far.