Fred Savage has settled the harassment suit against him out of court, outlets report.
Youngjoo Hwang claimed in a lawsuit filed last year that the 42-year-old actor harassed and assaulted her on the set of he now-canceled Fox series, “The Grinder,” but the matter was ultimately resolved without both parties battling it out in front of a judge. Hwang’s attorney, Anahita Sedaghatfar, confirmed to Page Six that the suit has been dismissed and that she and her client are “very pleased” with how the issue was resolved.
Hwang worked in the costume department of “The Grinder,” CNN reports. She claimed in a lawsuit filed last January that Savage was routinely aggressive and once physically assaulted her on set by “violently [striking] her arm three times with his hand” after she tried to remove dandruff from his jacket, according to CNN. Hwang’s attorney said during a press conference then that the actor “had it out for all women on set,” the outlet reports.
Hwang also claimed that Savage used profanity when berating her and demanded that she not make eye contact with him when they worked together on the show in 2015, TMZ reports.
The actor denied those claims, telling CNN that Hwang’s accusations were “completely without merit and absolutely untrue” and claiming that he has “always endeavored to treat everyone on any set I work on respectfully and professionally.”
Similarly, 20th Century Fox called Hwang’s claims “unfounded” and stated that they “found no evidence of any wrongdoing on the part of Mr. Savage” after launching an investigation into her claims.
While the details of the settlement between the two parties have not been disclosed, Sedaghatfar told Page Six this week that Hwang “feels empowered” by the end result.
“My hope is that by her speaking out, other women who have been victims of abuse of power will find the courage to do the same,” she said. “We are in a #metoo era and while we still have a long way to go, we are finally seeing progress and I will continue to do my part to help victims seek justice.”
Savage’s legal representatives reportedly did not respond to a request for comment from Page Six.
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