Constance Wu alleges sexual harassment on ‘Fresh Off the Boat’

“Fresh Off the Boat” was a breakthrough second for Constance Wu, however the actor says the ABC sitcom left her with “memories of abuse.”

Months after returning to social media after almost three years, the “Crazy Rich Asians” star stated Friday that an unnamed producer had sexually harassed her on the set of “Fresh Off the Boat.” Wu addressed that on the Atlantic Pageant and spoke about her upcoming memoir, “Making a Scene,” which incorporates particulars about her time on the TV collection.

“I did have a pretty traumatic experience my first couple years on that show, and nobody knew about it because that show is historic for Asian Americans,” she stated on the occasion. “And it was the only show on network television, in over 20 years, to star Asian Americans, and I did not want to sully the reputation of the one show we had representing us.

“So therefore, I kept my mouth shut for a really long time about a lot of the sexual harassment and intimidation that I received the first two seasons of the show,” she added.

The “Hustlers” star stated on Friday that after the collection’ first two seasons, she was “no longer scared of losing my job” and constructed up the boldness to begin “saying ‘no’ to the harassment, ‘no’ to the intimidation from this particular producer.”

“I thought, ‘You know what? I handled it. Nobody has to know,’” she stated. “‘I don’t have to stain this Asian American producer’s reputation. I don’t have to stain the reputation of the show.’”

From 2015 to 2020, Wu portrayed the matriarch of the central Huang household on “Fresh Off the Boat.” Throughout Wu’s first yr on the present, the producer allegedly touched Wu inappropriately whereas they had been at a sporting occasion, she wrote within the guide, in line with the New York Instances.

The New York Instances additionally reported that in her memoir, Wu stated the producer — whom she refers to by solely an preliminary — “controlled her, demanding that she run all her business matters past him and telling her what to wear.”

Representatives for ABC declined to remark when reached by The Instances.

Wu stated Friday that few folks knew in regards to the unnamed producer’s abuse, however that “it felt like a betrayal every time” she noticed these folks “being buddy buddy” with him.

Not talking up in regards to the alleged harassment took its toll, she stated.

“Bad feelings don’t go away just because you will them to. They’re inevitably going to come out somewhere,” she stated in the course of the Atlantic Pageant. “When the show was renewed after they had just told me it likely wouldn’t be, I made some very profane, reckless tweets that sort of ignited this whole pile-on of hatred towards me.”

Tearing up in the course of the Friday panel, Wu stated she “wanted to have a fresh slate where I didn’t have to start a show with all these memories of abuse.”

When ABC introduced in 2019 that “Fresh Off the Boat” was renewed for a sixth season, Wu reacted on Twitter with an express publish that was extensively criticized. She stated Friday that the controversial tweet got here from “the emotions I suppressed.”

“It negatively affected my career, but in many ways it positively affected me personally because it made me take a break from my career, it made me go to therapy and understand it, and ultimately come out better,” she stated on the Atlantic Pageant.

In July, Wu stated the social media backlash, and a subsequent suicide try, “made me reassess a lot in my life.” In a statement posted to Twitter, she stated her memoir is supposed to assist folks course of tough moments and heal from them.

“If we want to be seen, really seen… we need to let all of ourselves be seen, including the parts we’re scared of or ashamed of — parts that, however imperfect, require care and attention,” she stated within the July assertion.