Constance Wu has alleged that she was sexually harassed by a senior production member on Fresh Off The Boat.
The actress, 40, opened up about the alleged incident in her upcoming book, Making A Scene, claiming she was inappropriately touched by the unnamed man.
She told the New York Times that the alleged incident took place during her first year on Fresh Off The Boat, where she claimed the man was checking on her, telling her what to wear, and demanding that she pass her business on to him.
Wu claims she tolerated the man’s behavior at first, fearing the consequences if she didn’t, and tried to see him as a friend.
She told the publication: ‘Fresh Off the Boat was my very first TV show. I was thrown into this world. I have no parents in the industry. And because I was 30, people thought I knew what I was doing. It made me paranoid and embarrassed.’
Wu claims the man put his hand on her thigh after they attended a sporting event together, before finally “grabbing her crotch.”
She says she found a way to politely stop him from touching her and the pair “wiped the incident,” which reportedly happened in 2015, before the #MeToo movement, as if it hadn’t happened.
The friendship between the two reportedly soured around season two of the show, when Wu recalls in her book that the pair had an “explosive argument” over her attending a film festival with him, with the pair not speaking to each other afterward. after she felt stronger to say no to him.
The ABC spokesperson declined to comment on the publication, and Wu says she does not want the individual to be held accountable for his actions, but instead wants to speak for her own benefit.
She had come under fire for tweets she’d posted at the time saying she was “upset” about the series getting a second season because it meant she was stuck on that one for a year rather than other projects. to take on. which fans viewed as “ungrateful” while other actors struggled for work.
Wu claims the tweets she sent at the time may have been the result of her frustration at having to pretend everything was okay on the show, adding, “I felt betrayed and trapped.”
While Wu apologized for the tweets, the reaction was so intense it led to her trying to take her own life, but was rescued by a friend and spent the night in a supervised psychiatric hospital.
Seeking private help, she left social media in the aftermath and started writing her book in 2016, but lost momentum until recently.
Constance Wu’s Making A Scene will be released in November.
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