Constance Wu has come forward with allegations that she was sexually harassed on the set of “Fresh Off the Boat” by a senior member of the production team.
According to the New York TimesWu talks about the experience in her upcoming memoir, “Making a Scene.” Although he only mentions the producer by an initial, Wu alleges that during the show’s first season in 2015, the man exhibited controlling behaviors, such as “demanding him to handle all of his business matters and telling him what to wear,” the Times reported. . reports.
“‘Fresh Off the Boat’ was my first TV show,” Wu told the Times. “I was thrown into this world. I don’t have parents in the industry. And because he was 30 years old, people thought he knew what he was doing. It made me paranoid and embarrassed.”
Wu endured the treatment at first, but things escalated when they attended a sporting event and he allegedly “placed his hand on her thigh, his hand eventually grazing her crotch,” the Times reports. According to the Times, Wu asked her to stop and the two ignored the incident, with her beginning to feel more empowered as the show continued. After an argument about attending a film festival together, they no longer spoke to each other.
Wu said he decided not to speak at the time out of fear of the consequences, saying during a panel at the Atlantic Festival on Friday: “I kept my mouth shut for a long time about a lot of sexual harassment and bullying that I received in the first two seasons of the show. Because, after the first two seasons, once it was a hit, once I wasn’t afraid of losing my job anymore, that’s when I was able to start saying ‘no’ to harassment, ‘no’ to bullying, from this particular producer. And then I thought, ‘You know what? I handled it, no one has to know, I don’t have to tarnish the reputation of this Asian-American producer, I don’t have to tarnish the reputation of the show.’”
Representatives for “Fresh Off the Boat” and 20th Television did not immediately respond to Varietycomment request.