Fred Savage has denied allegations made by a costumer who has claimed in a lawsuit that the actor was abusive toward her on the set of the Fox series “The Grinder.”
Youngjoo Hwang filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles on Wednesday in which she accused the actor of physical and verbal abuse.
Hwang, who claimed that she quit her job because of Savage’s behavior and Fox’s refusal to stop the alleged abuse, is seeking unspecified damages. She claims that that Savage berated her on set, struck her arm three times after she attempted to brush dandruff off of his jacket and behaved aggressively toward female employees of the show. She also stated in the lawsuit that supervisory employees of Fox were aware of Savage’s “volatile and aggressive temper” and yet, “admonished [Hwang] to keep her mouth shut and not report the harassment and ultimate physical assault perpetrated upon her or she would ‘never work in the industry again.'”
“I have witnessed tremendous courage over these past few months, watching brave women who have come forward publicly fighting through the shame and stigma of harassment. I’ve seen first-hand the growing support in this movement that has always felt so lacking. As someone who has always tried to live honorably and with integrity, it never dawned on me that my name could be on the other side,” Savage said in a statement that was obtained by ABC News.
“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.”