Fred Savage worked as an executive producer and director on the ABC show. However, he is fired from “The Wonder Years” reboot!
What could be the reason?
According to THR, three separate allegations are against Fred Savage. Similarly, an investigation is happening. Likewise, Savage is rejected based on the results of the investigation.
Moreover, a spokesman for Disney’s 20th Television said in a statement to Deadline Friday,
“Recently, we were made aware of allegations of inappropriate conduct by Fred Savage, and as is policy, an investigation was launched.”
Further, he added,
Upon its completion, the decision was made to terminate his employment as an executive producer and director of ‘The Wonder Years’.”
However, the nature of the allegations against him still remains unclear. Also, Deadline reports that Fred allegedly exhibited inappropriate behavior. In addition, he also had verbal outbursts throughout production.
History of the Allegations against Savage
In the year 1993, costume designer Monique Long accused 16-year-old Fred and his co-star Jason Hervey. Similarly, the reason for the accusation is because of a sexual harassment lawsuit.
Likewise, in the year 2018, fellow “The Wonder Years” actor Alley Mills said to Yahoo that the original “The Wonder Years” ended due to this lawsuit.
Also, Alley Mills who plays the role of a Savage mother in the show said,
“When we shot the series finale, nobody knew whether or not The Wonder Years was going to be renewed, and that’s because of a completely ridiculous sexual harassment suit that was going on against Fred Savage.”
However, the case closes soon by the court.
Similarly, he was also sued in 2018 by a costume designer on the set of the show “The Grinder.”
Moreover, in the lawsuit, Youngjoo Hwang claims that the actor hits her arm and yells at her. Though Fred denies these allegations in a statement at the time. Similarly, Fox’s investigation found no wrongdoing.
However, it is unclear if the most recent allegations made against Savage are verbal, physical, or sexual.
Similarly, when people ask about the fresh allegations, Youngjoo Hwang’s attorney, Anahita Seda told Page Six Monday,
“This was a long time coming and I am not the least bit surprised. When my client came to me in 2018 with her allegations against Mr. Savage, we discovered that there was at least one lawsuit that had been filed against him in the past”
Moreover, she claimed,
“Mr.Savage had allegedly engaged in this type of behavior not just towards my client but other women as well. It is unfortunate that it took my client speaking out and now reportedly these others before action was finally taken.”
Youngjoo accused Fred of “violently striking” her in the arm three times. Likewise, he also yelled ‘Do not touch me with your hands!’ after she brushed dandruff off of his suit.
Anahita also said,
“The network stated they investigated these new complaints and as a result, terminated Mr. Savage. I suspect that at this point, with the accusations adding up against Mr. Savage, the network must have found some corroboration and had no choice but to part ways with him.”
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“If an employer fails to act after complaints of misconduct that are found to be true, they can be held civilly liable in court. So not only would the individual perpetrator be liable, but the employer would be as well.”
In addition, Seda added,
“Fox has not corroborated the claims on record nor have they released their findings of the investigation; we can only surmise some wrongdoing was found.”
In conclusion, Savage has managed the show by directing eight episodes including the pilot. however, it is also important to have a safe workplace environment for the actors to not feel abused.
Hence, Savage has been fired from the show.
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