Pauley Perrette, Sasha Alexander back ex-‘NCIS’ star Michael Weatherly amid harassment claims

Pauley Perrette and Sasha Alexander are jumping to the defense of their former “NCIS” co-star Michael Weatherly after actress Eliza Dushku accused him of sexual harassment. 

A New York Times story published Thursday disclosed that CBS secretly paid a $9.5 million settlement to Dushku after the actress alleged Weatherly made comments that made her feel “violated” on set of the TV series “Bull.” 

CBS has confirmed the existence of the settlement to USA TODAY. 

Two days after the payout became public, Perrette took to Twitter to share a message of support to Weatherly. She played beloved Abby Sciuto on “NCIS” alongside Weatherly, who starred as Anthony DiNozzo, for the show’s first 13 seasons. Weatherly departed the series in 2016 and went on to star as Dr. Jason Bull on “Bull” that same year.

“This man … I love, respect, trust, and I KNOW. TWO decades of friendship and respect,” Perrette tweeted Saturday. “The best. I love you @M_Weatherly Always and forever.”

Related: CBS paid actress Eliza Dushku $9.5M after ‘Bull’ star Michael Weatherly’s sexual comments

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