UPDATE 3:48 P.M. EST: Fred Savage released the following statement in response to the lawsuit:
“I was made aware that a woman working in the costume department of a show I was on almost three years ago has claimed that I treated her harshly on set simply because she was a woman. These accusations are completely without merit and absolutely untrue. Fox conducted an extensive internal investigation into her claims, a process in which I fully participated. After concluding a thorough investigation, Fox determined that there was absolutely no evidence to support these accusations. None of her claims could be substantiated because they did not happen.
I have been working in the entertainment industry my whole life and have always endeavored to treat everyone on any set I work on respectfully and professionally. While none of the accusations being leveled at me are true, I wholeheartedly support all people who feel they are being mistreated come forward and speak to human resources and those in charge. We have witnessed so much bravery from those speaking out recently, but I will just as boldly protect myself and my family from those seeking to tarnish my good name. I cannot let these people in particular denigrate me while harming the message of thousands of women and others who have suffered and continue to suffer.”
We were shocked when we heard about sexual harassment claims against child star Fred Savage for things that allegedly happened on The Wonder Years set.
But now the actor finds himself facing accusations once again, this time as an adult man, married with children.
TMZ was the first to report a woman from the wardrobe department of the short-lived legal comedy The Grinder, starring Rob Lowe, is filing suit claiming Savage verbally harassed and “violently struck” her.
Youngjoo Hwang claims there was a pattern of abusive behavior leading up to the “battery.” She says she was brushing dandruff off the star when he got angry and struck her on the arm with his open hand three times.
20th Century Fox TV released a statement in response to the suit, saying they already conducted an internal investigation:
“Fox takes all allegations of improper conduct very seriously. We conducted a thorough investigation into these allegations and found no evidence of any wrongdoing on the part of Mr. Savage. We will vigorously defend against these unfounded claims.”
We guess it’ll be up to the court now to decide how thorough that investigation really was.
What do YOU think of these claims??
[Image via FOX.]