Constance Wu is opening up about her time on Recent Off the Boat and making allegations that she was sexually harassed by a senior producer of the 2015-20 ABC sitcom.
In an interview with The New York Occasions, Wu talks about an incident she particulars in her memoir Making a Scene the place a producer she solely refers to by an preliminary confirmed “controlling behaviors.”
“Recent Off the Boat was my first-ever TV present. I used to be thrown into this world,” Wu informed NYT. “I don’t have mother and father within the business. And since I used to be 30, folks thought I knew what I used to be doing. It made me paranoid and embarrassed.”
Wu additionally revealed that in a sporting occasion in 2015, the producer touched her thigh and grazed her crotch. The Loopy Wealthy Asians actor additionally stated there was one other argument throughout the second season of Recent Off the Boat over attending a movie pageant however by then, Wu felt empowered to chop ties with the producer in query.
In an interview with The Atlantic, Wu stated she had not opened up about this example prior to now resulting from concern of penalties.
“I saved my mouth shut for a extremely very long time about lots of sexual harassment and intimidation that I obtained the primary two seasons of the present,” Wu stated. “As a result of, after the primary two seasons, as soon as it was a hit, as soon as I used to be not terrified of shedding my job, that’s once I was capable of begin saying ‘no’ to the harassment, ‘no’ to the intimidation, from this explicit producer. And, so I believed: ‘ what? I dealt with it, no one has to know, I don’t must stain this Asian American producer’s fame. I don’t must stain the fame of the present.’”
I had a reasonably traumatic expertise my first couple of years on ‘Recent Off the Boat,’ @ConstanceWu says at #TAF22. “That present was historic for Asian Individuals … and I didn’t need to sully the fame of the one present we had representing us. So I saved my mouth shut.” pic.twitter.com/fR4KJyYoKm
— The Atlantic (@TheAtlantic) September 23, 2022
Wu additionally talked concerning the notorious tweet in 2019 after studying ABC had renewed Recent Off the Boat for one more season.
“I needed to have a recent slate the place I didn’t have to start out a present with all these recollections of abuse,” she informed The Atlantic. “Just a few folks knew [the harassment] was taking place, and to go to work day by day and see these individuals who knew that he was sexually harassing me being ‘buddy-buddy’ with him felt like a betrayal each time,” she added. “I liked everyone on that crew, and I liked engaged on that present, nevertheless it had that historical past of abuse, that it began with, and regardless that I dealt with it after two years, I used to be trying ahead to a clear slate.”
A rep for twentieth Tv, which produced Recent Off the Boat, had no remark.