Fred Savage is 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, was fired after the allegations were made on set and an “immediate investigation” was launched against the 46-year-old former initiated the demeanor of a child star-turned-executive producer.
Two of the six anonymous accusers have now shared what they thought it was like working with Savage.
‘To their [the studio’s] Credit, I was contacted within hours. An investigation began immediately and he was banned from the set,” a prosecutor told The Hollywood Reporter.
The news, which broke in May, was confirmed by a representative from 20th Television, who referred to “allegations of improper conduct” but gave no further details.
Reports later circulated that the actor had “done a lot of self-reflection” and praised the “overwhelming support” he was receiving from people on the sitcom – which was renewed for a second series – prompting prosecutors to speak out.
One told the same publication that she and the other women “feel people need 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 blank” as he switched from one mood to the other.
According to THR, the six women who asked Disney to keep their identities secret allege verbal harassment and an alleged assault on an ex-crew member.
The other described how the higher-ups “would all see his absolutely perfect, best face” but would save his meaner side for “below-the-line employees with no power.”
One of the alleged victims – who was no longer working on the show at the time of the alleged incident – claimed that after work in December 2021, Savage followed her into the ladies’ room of a bar frequented by the crew and “forcefully” kissed her and then ‘pulled’ her hand to ‘his groin’.
Claiming that the star bought shots for everyone and later followed her to the bathroom, she continued, “I started laughing, like, ‘What are you doing? This is a women’s restroom,” before saying he walked up to her with “just dead eyes” and pinned her against the wall.
“I said, ‘Please don’t do that.’ I meant ruining the friendship. I pleaded, not so much out of fear, but there was no turning back.’
“He put his mouth on mine very firmly. He’s after my pants. I wiped him away. Then he put his mouth back on mine and grabbed my hand and pulled it to his groin. I withdrew. He stopped very angry. I checked his shoulder so I could get out.’
She explained how Savage later – after allegedly leaving the premises with a young female crew member – texted her to come to his house, she “laughed at it” but was “genuinely scared”.
She subsequently claimed Savage continued texting and calling her and eventually stopped until he left a voicemail message, which she shared with the outlet.
In it, the star reportedly apologized for being “a huge a**hole,” adding, “I owed you an apology for a minute here and so, um, the truth is, I really like you.” and that’s what I really want to be friends with, and I’m so sorry I screwed that up.’
The group claims they mainly complained about Savage’s behavior towards the young crew member’s safety, but also wanted to question his claimed “support” for women.
They told The Hollywood Reporter: “These leaders 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 he supports women. But that kind of support isn’t real.’
In response to the allegations, Savage told the publication, “I’ve worked with thousands of people on hundreds of sets since I was six years old and have always strived to contribute to an inclusive, safe and supportive work environment. It is devastating to learn that there are colleagues who think that I have failed in these goals.
“While some incidents are being reported that absolutely did not happen and could not have happened, any person who is hurt or offended by my actions is one person too many. I will work to address and change any behavior that has negatively affected someone as nothing in this world is more important to me than being a supportive co-worker, friend, husband, father and human being.”
Metro.co.uk has contacted a Fred Savage representative for further comment.
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