When Pauley Perrette announced last year that she was leaving NCIS after 15 years on the show, no clear reason was given. She simply stated how grateful she was to the fans, and that she felt it was time to move on.
The actress’ final episode as Abby Schuto aired on May 8, closing the story of one of the show’s series regulars who has been there from the very beginning (she and series star Mark Harmon are the only two actors who have appeared on every single episode).
Over the weekend, Pauley took to Twitter to reveal some very disturbing allegations. She posted a series of cryptic tweets that hinted at some form of abuse and being silenced.
Here’s what she shared:
“I refused to go low, that’s why I’ve never told publicly what happened. But there are tabloid articles out there that are telling total lies about me. If you believe them? Please leave me alone. You clearly don’t know me. (Sorry guys, had to be said)”
“Maybe I’m wrong for not “spilling the beans” Telling the story, THE TRUTH. I feel I have to protect my crew, jobs and so many people. But at what cost? I.don’t know. Just know, I’m trying to do the right thing, but maybe silence isn’t the right thing about crime. I’m… Just… ?”
“There is a “machine’ keeping me silent, and feeding FALSE stories about me. A very rich, very powerful publicity “machine”. No morals, no obligation to truth, and I’m just left here, reading the lies, trying to protect my crew. Trying to remain calm. He did it.”
“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.”
On Tuesday (May 15), CBS spoke out to address the actresses’ allegations:
“Pauley Perrette had a terrific run on NCIS and we are all going to miss her. Over a year ago, Pauley came to us with a workplace concern. 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.”
After CBS released the statement, Pauley tweeted a message to the network:
“I want to thank my studio and network CBS They have always been so good to me and always had my back.”
What’s been going on???