Pauley Perrette is putting it all out there.
And it’s all making NCIS star Mark Harmon look extraordinarily terrible in the process.
Allow us to explain…
On the NCIS Season 16 finale that aired in May, viewers were left stunned when the hour concluded with Harmon’s character seemingly laid eyes on Ziva, the presumed dead agent who stood at the bottom of his stairs and told Gibbs that he’s “in danger.”
Ever since, fans of this CBS drama have been wondering whether or not actress Cote de Pablo would be back next season as a recurring player or even a series regular.
It’s a fair question.
But Perrette would like to put an end to a similar question that has been posed to her over the last year or so:
Will she ever return to NCIS, after leaving in 2018 after 15 season as Abby Sciuto?
In short: Hell. No.
“NO I AM NOT COMING BACK! EVER! (Please stop asking?),” she responded to the constant calls from fans rooting for her return to the series.
She then explained why in no uncertain terms:
“I am terrified of Harmon and him attacking me. I have nightmares about it.”
Harmon is the highest paid dramatic actor on network television.
Perrette has never specifically said that he was the individually who attacked or injured her, but this isn’t the first time she’s come right out and said some awful stuff took place on the NCIS set.
“I’ve been supporting ant-bullying programs forever. But now I KNOW because it was ME! If it’s school or work, that you’re required to go to
“It’s horrifying. I left. Multiple Physical Assaults. I REALLY get it now. Stay safe. Nothing is worth your safety. Tell someone,” she wrote about a year ago, shortly after saying goodbye to NCIS.”
The story allegedly goes that Harmon brought his rescue dog to the set on one occasion and it attacked a crew member.
Harmon was apologetic and felt terrible about the incident, but he then brought the canine back to work some time down the line and Perrette then tried to step in somehow, making it clear she wasn’t happy with this decision.
She reportedly earned the wrath of the series lead as a result.
Perrette basically confirms this timeline and these events in the following Tweet, which included a photo of the aforementioned crew member’s wounds.
“You think I didn’t expect blow back? You got me wrong,” she wrote.
“THIS happened To my crew member and I fought like hell to keep it from happening again! To protect my crew! And then I was physically assaulted for saying NO!?and I lost my job.”
Again, to be clear, Perrette does NOT say that Harmon is the one who assaulted her.
If her story is true, what happened to her was still awful and unforgivable and despicable — we just don’t want to imply that Harmon was the attacker.
After sharing the photos of the person with stitches, Perrette tweeted that she was “Sorry about the former truths” and that she “just needed to tell the truth and move on.”
In response to Perrette’s allegations last year, meanwhile, CBS stated that Perrette did go to producers/higher-ups with at least one complaint in early 2017 or in 2016.
“Over a year ago, Pauley came to us with a workplace concern,” the network said in a statement to Variety, adding back then:
“We took the matter seriously and worked with her to find a resolution. We are committed to a safe work environment on all our shows.”
That doesn’t really say a whole lot, but it appeared to satisfy Perrette at the time.
“I want to thank my studio and network CBS. They have always been so good to me and always had my back,” she Tweeted after reading the message above.
Clearly, however, what transpired is still on the mind of Pauley Perrette.
Which, if what transpired is anything like she previously described, we totally and completely understand why this would be the case.
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