Young Constance Wu on “Fresh Off the Boat” claims in her upcoming memoir that she was sexually harassed by a senior production staff on the now-defunct ABC sitcom.
According to the New York Times, the 40-year-old actress only refers to the employee with an initial letter in “making a scene.”
Wu also claims that during the show’s inaugural season in 2015, the man exhibited controlling behaviors such as “requiring her to run all her business matters beyond and telling her what to wear,” according to The Times.
“Fresh Off the Boat” was my first TV show ever, Wu told the publication. “I was thrown into this world. I don’t have parents in the industry. And because I was in my 30s, people thought I knew what I was doing. It made me feel paranoid and embarrassed.”
The star — who played mom Jessica Huang on the show — says things took a physical turn when she and the producer attended a sporting event together. There, he allegedly “put his hand on her thigh, and his hand was eventually grazing in the groin area,” the Times reported.
Wu claims that she asked him to stop and the two later removed the alleged incident under the rug.
During a panel discussion at Friday’s Atlantic Festival in Washington, D.C., Wu detailed her decision to speak publicly about the alleged misconduct.
“I kept my mouth shut for far too long about a lot of sexual harassment and intimidation that I received in the first two seasons of the show. Because after the first two seasons, once it was successful, I was no longer afraid of losing my job, which is when I was able to start saying ‘no’ to harassment, and” No “to be intimidated, from this particular product,” she said, per Variety.
“And I thought, You know what? I handled it, no one has to know, I don’t have to discredit this Asian American producer, I don’t have to discredit the show.”
“Fresh Off the Boat” ended its six-season tour in February 2020.
ABC did not immediately respond to Page Six’s requests for comment and declined to comment on NYT. When contacted for comment, Wu’s representative did not address the allegation, but suggested we get the book.
Wu wrote her book during her long hiatus from the public eye. She took a three-year break from social media after facing backlash over a tweet in which she said she was “so upset” and “literally crying” over the 2019 “Fresh Off the Boat” renewal.
She even attempted suicide before her boyfriend intervened to save her life.
“Fortunately, a friend found me and rushed me to the emergency room. It was a scary moment that made me re-evaluate a lot in my life,” the “Hustlers” star explained in a Twitter post in July. “For the next few years, I’m putting my career aside to focus on my mental health. AsAms don’t talk about mental health enough.”
Wu added that her upcoming memoir “isn’t always the most flattering picture” of herself. But she noted that she was “honest as far as I know how to be”.
“Because the truth is, I’m not balanced, graceful, or perfect. I’m emotional. I make mistakes…a lot of them!” she concluded. “After a short break from Hollywood and a lot of therapy, I feel fine enough to come back here (at least for a little bit). And even though I’m scared, I decided 3 years ago that I owed it to me to be brave and share my story to help someone out.” his story.”
Wu previously stated that her negative reaction to the “FOTB” renewal came because it meant she had to “give away from another project I was really excited about.” She also explained the intent behind her tweet in an August 2019 interview with the Los Angeles Times, describing herself as “dramatic.”
‘Making a Scene’ hits stores October 4.
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