Actor Fred Savage’s recent dismissal is the latest in a string of misconduct allegations – dating back to his days as a teenage sitcom star.
Fred Savage could find himself at the center of a new trial after being fired from his Wonder Years reboot, according to a legal source.
The former child star was ousted from the tv show following multiple complaints of misconduct in his role as executive producer and director, it was reported last week.
Savage, 45, had previously settled a lawsuit with Youngjoo Hwangcostume designer on the set of his old comedy, The grinderin 2019 after accusing him of assault and harassment.
“When my client came to me in 2018 with her allegations against Mr. Savage, we discovered that there was at least one legal action that had been taken against him in the past and that Mr. Savage allegedly had this guy of behavior not only towards my client, but also other women.
“It is unfortunate that it took my client to speak out and now apparently these others before action was finally taken.”
Ms Hwang claimed in her lawsuit that Savage ‘slapped her hard’ on the arm three times and yelled, ‘Don’t touch me with your hands!’ after removing dandruff from his costume and that the actor had a “volatile and aggressive temper when it comes to the female crew”.
The deposit, seen by page 6read: “Plaintiff is informed and believes that numerous complaints have been filed with Defendants Fox (and indeed other networks, including ABC) over several years regarding Defendant Savage’s unlawful conduct and yet Defendants Fox continued to use it.
“Defendant Savage was known to bully, intimidate and torment female crew members as they did their jobs by shouting things like, ‘I’m not a dog, stop following me! “Don’t ever even fucking look at me anymore,” and “Get away from me.”
Savage called the allegations “completely baseless and absolutely false” at the time. He was later cleared by an investigation via 20th Century Television, which produced The grinder.
Savage was among the executive producers of the new The wonderful years which was restarted last year. He directed eight episodes, including the pilot.
Ms Sedaghatfar said Savage’s ousting from the wonderful years could lead to a new accuser bringing a civil action against him.
Deadline reported over the weekend that the nature of the allegations against Savage – who starred in the original ’80s series – remained unclear, but claimed the star allegedly engaged in inappropriate behavior and had verbal outbursts throughout the production.
“Recently, we became aware of allegations of inappropriate conduct by Fred Savage, and as required by policy, an investigation has been launched,” a 20th Century Television spokesperson said in a statement to Deadline.
“Upon completion, the decision was made to terminate his employment as executive producer and director of The good years.”
Ms Sedaghatfar added: “The network said it investigated these new complaints and as a result terminated Mr Savage. I suspect that at this point, with the accusations piling up against Mr. Savage, the network must have come up with some corroboration and had no choice but to part ways with him.
“If an employer does not act after complaints of misconduct that prove to be founded, he can be held civilly liable in court. Thus, not only would the individual perpetrator be liable, but so would the employer.
She said: “Fox has not corroborated the recorded claims nor has it released the findings of the investigation; we can only assume that wrongdoing has been uncovered.
A representative for Savage did not respond to page 6request for comment.
In 2018, actress Alley Mills said the original wonderful years was canceled after a former costume designer filed a sexual harassment complaint against then 16-year-old Savage.
Monique Long sued in 1993 in Los Angeles Superior Court after alleging she couldn’t do her job and was fired because Savage asked to hold her hand, asked for an affair and made sexual remarks .
The lawsuit was settled out of court and Savage never commented on it.
Mills, who played Savage’s character’s mother, Kevin Arnold, called the costume “ridiculous”, adding that Savage was “the least offensive, most wonderful, sweetest human being who has ever walked the surface of Earth”.
This article originally appeared on page 6 and has been republished with permission
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