Fresh Off the Boat alum Constance Wu alleges in her forthcoming memoir that she was sexually harassed by a senior member of the production team on a now ended ABC sitcom.
According to The newspaper “New York TimesThe 40-year-old actor refers to the employee only by the initial in scene creation,Page Six reports.
Wu also claims that during the show’s first season in 2015, the man exhibited controlling behavior such as “demanding her to handle all her business matters past him and telling her what to wear.” once.
“Fresh off the boat was my first TV show,” Wu told the publication. “I was thrown into this world. I don’t have parents in the industry. And since I was 30, people thought I knew what I was doing. It made me paranoid and confused.”
The star, who played matriarch Jessica Juan on the show, says everything changed physically when she and the producer attended a sporting event together. There, he allegedly “put his hand on her thigh, eventually his hand touched her crotch”. once reports.
Wu claims that she asked him to stop, and the two of them later swept the alleged incident under the carpet.
During a panel at the Atlantic Festival Friday in Washington, D.C., Wu detailed her decision to speak out about the alleged misconduct.
“I kept my mouth shut for a very long time about the many sexual harassment and intimidation I received in the first two seasons of the show. Because after the first two seasons, when it was successful, when I was no longer afraid of losing my job, that’s when I was able to start saying no to harassment, no to bullying, from this particular producer, ”she said in Diversity.
“And so I thought, ‘You know what? I got through this, no one should know, I shouldn’t tarnish this Asian-American producer, I shouldn’t tarnish the show’s reputation.”
Fresh Off the Boat ended its six-season run in February 2020.
ABC did not immediately respond to Page Six’s requests for comment and declined to comment. New York Times. When we reached out for comment, Wu’s rep did not respond to the allegations, but offered to let us get the book.
Wu wrote her book during a long social break. She took a three-year hiatus from social media after facing backlash for a tweet that she was “so upset” and “literally crying” over the 2019 update. Fresh off the boat.
She even tried to commit suicide before a friend stepped in to save her life.
“Fortunately, a friend found me and rushed me to the emergency room. It was a scary moment that made me reevaluate a lot of things in my life.” Hustlers the star explained in a July Twitter post. “For the next few years, I put my career on hold to focus on my mental health. AsAms don’t talk enough about mental health.”
Wu added that her upcoming memoir “isn’t always the most flattering portrayal” of herself. But it’s “as honest as I can be,” she said.
“Because the truth is, I’m not poised, graceful, or perfect. I am emotional. I make mistakes… a lot of mistakes!” she concluded. “After a short hiatus from Hollywood and long therapy, I feel well enough to venture back here (at least for a little while).
“And even though I’m scared, I decided that in front of my 3-year-old self, I must muster up the courage to share my story so that it can help someone with their own.”
Wu has previously stated that her backlash against Fresh off the boat the update came because it meant she had to “give up on another project that I was really into.” She also clarified the intent of her tweet in an August 2019 interview. Los Angeles Timescalling itself “dramatic”.
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