Fred Savage has been accused of sexual harassment and assault by six women.
The Wonder Years star, who was fired from the reboot earlier this year after directing nine episodes of the ABC reboot, has been let go after the allegations were made on set, and an investigation was ‘immediately opened’ on the 46-year-old. conduct of a child star turned executive producer.
Two of the six anonymous accusers have now spoken out about what they claim it was like to work with Savage.
‘Their [the studio’s] credit, I was contacted within hours. An investigation immediately began and he was removed from the set, ”an accuser told the -.
The news, which broke in May, was confirmed by a representative for 20th Television, who referred to “allegations of inappropriate conduct” but did not provide further details.
Reports then swirled that the actor is “doing a lot of self-reflection” and praised the “overwhelming support” he was getting from people on the sitcom – which has been renewed for a second series – prompting accusers to speak out.
One told the same publication that she and the other women “felt people needed to know what the wrongdoing was.”
The two accusers believe there are two different sides to the former Boy Meets World star, with one saying “his eyes would go dark” as he shifted from one mood to another.
According to THR, the six women, who requested that their identities be kept secret by Disney, allege verbal harassment and an alleged assault by a former crew member.
The other described how the higher-ups would “all see his absolute best, perfect face”, but save his meaner side for “employees below the line who don’t have power”.
One of the alleged victims – who, at the time of the alleged incident, was no longer working on the show – claimed that Savage followed her into the women’s bathroom of a bar often frequented by the crew after work in December 2021 and had ‘forcefully’ kissed her and then ‘pulled’ her hand towards ‘her groin area’.
Claiming the star was buying shots for everyone and later followed her into the bathroom, she continued, “I started laughing, like, ‘What are you doing? It’s a women’s bathroom,” before saying he approached her with “like dead eyes” and pushed her against the wall.
“I said, ‘Please don’t do this. I meant to ruin the friendship. I was pleading, not so much out of fear, but it was no turning back.
“He put his mouth on mine with great force. He went to get the top of my pants. I swept it away. Then he put his mouth on mine again, grabbed my hand and pulled it to his groin area. I was stepping back. He stopped very angry. I checked him so I could get out.
She explained how later, when Savage allegedly texted her – after he left the scene with a young female crew member – to come to his house, she “laughed” about it but complained. was “honestly scared”.
Following this, she claimed Savage continued to text and call her, eventually stopping until he left a voicemail, which she shared with the outlet.
In it, the star reportedly apologized for being “a huge a**hole”, adding, “I kind of owed you an apology for a minute here and so, uh, the truth is I really love you and I really want to be friends, and I’m so sorry I messed this up.
The group says they primarily complained about Savage’s conduct towards the young crew member’s safety, but also wanted to challenge his alleged “support” of women.
They told the -: “These men in charge know what the public is looking for and they know what words to use.”
“We all felt supported by Fred. We really thought he supported women. He told us that he supported women. But this kind of support is not real.
In response to the allegations, Savage told the publication: “Since I was six years old, I have worked on hundreds of sets with thousands of people and have always strived to contribute to an inclusive work environment, safe and supportive.” It is devastating to learn that there are colleagues who think that I have not achieved these objectives.
“While there are reported incidents that absolutely did not happen and could not have happened, anyone who feels hurt or offended by my actions is one too many.” I will strive to address and change any behavior that has negatively affected someone, because nothing in the world is more important to me than being a colleague, friend, husband, father and caring person. support.
Metro.co.uk has contacted a representative for Fred Savage for further comment.
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