Former child star Fred Savage has been banned from rebooting "The Wonder Years" due to a series of "allegations of inappropriate conduct". The alleged incident behind the May 6 expulsion is unclear, according to a female colleague at the time of her dismissal.
According to several women who worked on the ABC show — Savage, 46, was an executive producer and director — they and other women now say, 'What? I feel like I need to know if I did something wrong." To The Hollywood Reporter.
Accusers outlined behavior they claimed were "manipulative," "insane," and worse. This includes an incident where he was reportedly "dominant" by trying to kiss and grope one of her women in the bathroom. "Manipulative" behavior towards another young woman.
A representative for the veteran actor said he denied the allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior, The Post can confirm.
In a statement, Savage told the Post that he feels "devastated" that some believe his goal of an "inclusive, safe and supportive work environment" has not been achieved.
“Since I was six years old, I have worked on hundreds of sets with thousands of people and have always strived to contribute to an inclusive, safe and supportive work environment. It is devastating to know that there are colleagues who feel they are not up to par. There is nothing in this world that is more important to me than being a supportive colleague, friend, husband, father, and person, so I don't want to harm anyone.
The accuser told reporters that he saw two different sides to the child actor: the charisma you often see in executives and actors, and a "darker" alter-ego. Powerless employees” and “verbal abuse”.
The women who filed complaints to Disney told THR they wished to remain anonymous but specifically said they were "uneasy" about Savage, who rose to fame in the original television series in the late 1980s.
One crew member described him as "charming" and "very friendly" on set, but his relationship with a young woman who works on the show proved to be a source of complaints.
Some crew members said that a young woman was in the house Savage lived in in Atlanta during the filming of "The Wonder Years," and that he "had a great deal of control over her day-to-day behavior." I remembered that I was not only "manipulative and insane". Some sources claimed that the young woman became withdrawn after her interaction with Savage and that she looked different than she did.
One crew member claimed that Savage displayed "very blatant favoritism" towards a woman in her early thirties. She admitted to forming a friendship she deems "very platonic," but admitted in December 2021 that she took a strange turn after she was fired from the show without warning. it was done.
According to the woman, when she was at a bar with her former cast and crew mates, including Savage, Savage walked into the women's restroom after her and shook her head with her "dead eyes." It is said that he saw her and pushed her. she hit a wall.
I meant I was pleading, not out of fear, but this was never going back," she told THR.
put his mouth to my mouth forcefully. He went over my pants.I brushed him off.'
"He bit my mouth very hard. He went over my pants. I brushed him away. Then he put his mouth in my mouth again. , grabbed my hand and pulled my crotch," she continued. "I was turning back. He was very angry and stopped. I checked his shoulder so he could get out."
He said he left the gathering with another young woman. A few weeks later, Savage left a voicemail that was obtained by THR.
"This is Fred, your old friend," he is said to have said in a message. "We worked together for a while and then we never worked together again. Then I was a big hole. A huge hole. And I'm really sorry. And here hey I have to apologize, so the truth is, I really like you and really want to be your friend.
That woman never replied to her voicemail.
In May, sources said } Page Six told that Savage had "been doing a lot of self-reflection" after being fired.
"Fred takes this issue very seriously and has done a lot of self-reflection about how he could and should have dealt with different situations."
This is not the first time Savage has been accused of wrongdoing. In 2019, settled a lawsuit with former Fox comedy The Grinder costume designer Youngjoo Hwang.
In 2018, actress Alley Mills , said the original '80s "Wonder Years" was canceled after the former costume designer filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Savage. , and fellow co-star Jason Harvey, then 20. The lawsuit was settled out of court.