Constance Wu says she faced sexual harassment and intimidation from an unnamed producer while making ABC comedy Just disembarked .
“I’ve been quiet about a lot of the sexual harassment and intimidation I’ve been subjected to in the first two seasons of the show,” Wu said Friday in an appearance at the Atlantic Music Festival in Washington, D.C. Onstage “because, after the first two seasons, once it’s been successful, once I’m no longer afraid of losing my job, that’s when I’m able to start saying ‘no’ to the harassment from this particular producer, to the intimidation. And, so I thought: ‘You know what? I dealt with it. No one needs to know. I don’t have to tarnish the name of this Asian American producer. I don’t have to tarnish the reputation of the show.'”
Wu called the experience “traumatic.” The actress, who recently starred alongside Chris Pratt on Amazon’s The Terminal List, sat down for an interview on the eve of her memoir’s release, Production Scene , October 4th from Simon & Schuster. She said the publisher encouraged her to detail her experiences on the sitcom, though she might resist because of the way she received the sitcom.
“I finally realized the importance of talking,” Wu continued. “That show was historic for Asian Americans. It was the only one in the past 20 years A network TV show starring Asian Americans, and I don’t want to tarnish the reputation of a show we put on on our behalf.”
Also during her appearance, Wu publicly In response to the
controversy tweets surrounding her, she lamented the show’s update. ‘I want to have a new slate where I don’t have to start a show with all these memories of abuse. The few people who know [harassment] is going on, go to work every day and see the guy who knows he’s sexually harassing me, be with him’ Dude’, it feels like a betrayal every time,” she continued. “I love everyone on that crew, and I love working on that show, but it has a history of abuse, and it started, and even if I deal with it two years later, I’m looking forward to a blank slate.”
The Hollywood Reporter has reached out to an ABC representative for comment on Wu’s allegations.