Constance Wu says she faced sexual harassment and intimidation from an unnamed producer while working on the ABC comedy. Fresh from the boat.
“I kept my mouth shut for a really long time about a lot of sexual harassment and intimidation that I received in the first two seasons of the show,” Wu said Friday during his appearance on stage at the Atlantic Festival in Washington, D.C. After the first two seasons, once I worked, once I was no longer afraid of losing my job, that was when I was able to start saying “no” to harassment, “no” to bullying, from that particular product. And so I thought: You know what? I have dealt with it. Nobody has to know. You don’t have to discredit this Asian American product. You don’t have to discredit the show.”
Wu described the experience as “painful.” The actress, who recently starred opposite Chris Pratt on Amazon station listShe sat down for the interview on the eve of the release of her memoirs, make a scene, from October 4th from Simon & Schuster. She said the publisher encouraged her to detail her sitcom experience, although she was resistant because of how it was received.
“I eventually realized that it was important to talk about it,” Wu continued. “This show was historic for Asian Americans. It was the only show on network TV in over 20 years for an Asian American star and I didn’t want to discredit the only show we had.”
Also during her appearance, Wu opened up about the controversy surrounding the tweets she released lamenting the show’s renewal. “I wanted a new roster as I didn’t have to start a show with all those memories of abuse. Few people know [the harrasment] It was happening, and it was going to work every day and seeing these guys who knew he was sexually harassing me because I was a “boyfriend” with him that I felt betrayed every time.” “I loved everyone on this crew, I loved working on this show, but he had This history of abuse, which it started with, and even though I dealt with it two years later, I was looking forward to a clean slate.”
The Hollywood Reporter Contact an ABC representative for comment on Wu’s allegations.