‘He did it’

‘NCIS’ actress Pauley Perrette suggests she left show due to physical abuse

Actress Pauly Perrette (Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Los Angeles LGBT Center)

The departure of longtime NCIS actress Pauley Perrette from the popular CBS crime drama last week abruptly became mired in scandal after the actress indicated that she had been physically assaulted by someone involved with the show. Perette, who became a fan favorite during her 15 years playing the role of goth forensic scientist Abby Sciuto, had previously alluded to having been “bullied by a powerful man … in a work environment” last fall. But she went further in a series of cryptic tweets on Sunday, writing that she had suffered “multiple physical assaults” and then silenced “by a very rich, very powerful publicity ‘machine’” with “no morals, no obligation to truth.”

Late Tuesday evening, CBS issued a statement on the matter, acknowledging the “concern” Perrette had brought up and praising her “terrific run on the show.”

In her comments on Twitter, Perrette said that she hadn’t spoken out publicly because she “refused to go low” and that she felt an obligation “to protect my crew, jobs, and so many people.” But after reading what she described as lies about herself in the tabloids, which she implied were spread by her abuser, she said she had begun to question whether she was “wrong for ‘not spilling the beans,’ telling the story, THE TRUTH.”

“He did it,” she added. “I’ve been supporting anti-bullying programs forever. But now I KNOW because it was ME! If it’s school or work, that you’re required to go to? It’s horrifying. I left. Multiple Physical Assaults. I REALLY get it now. Stay safe. Nothing is worth your safety. Tell someone.”

According to USA Today, the statement released by the network said, “Pauley Perrette had a terrific run on NCIS and we are all going to miss her. 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.”

That prompted Perrette to respond on Twitter, saying the studio and network “always had my back.”

Neither Perrette nor CBS has elaborated further on the issue.

Read the full story at HuffPost.

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