When former child star Fred Savage was fired from The Wonder Years reboot due to a series of “inappropriate behavior allegations” by female colleagues, the alleged events behind his May 6 ouster were unclear.
Several women who worked on the ABC show — which Savage, 46, served as executive producer and director — now say she and the other women “feel people need to know what the wrongdoing was,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Prosecutors outlined behavior they claimed was “manipulative,” “erratic,” and worse — including incidents in which he allegedly attempted to kiss and grope a woman in a toilet and reportedly engaged in “controlling” and “manipulative” behavior towards another young woman.
Representatives for the veteran actor said he denied the allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct, The Post can confirm.
In a statement, Savage told The Post that he finds it “devastating” that some individuals believe his goal of an “inclusive, safe and supportive work environment” falls short.
“Since the age of 6 I have worked on hundreds of sets with thousands of people and have always strived to contribute to an inclusive, safe and supportive work environment. It’s devastating to learn that there are colleagues who think I’ve missed those goals,” said the married father of three. “While some incidents are being reported that absolutely did not happen and could not have happened, any person who is hurt or offended by my actions is one person too many. I will work to address and change any behavior that has negatively impacted someone as nothing in this world is more important to me than being a supportive colleague, friend, husband, father and human being.”
Accusers told the reporter they saw two different sides of the child actor: a charismatic one that executives and actors typically saw, and his alter ego that was “darker” — with one woman even saying “his eyes would go dark” when she getting involved and talking to “employees below the line who have no power” and “swearing at them”.
The women who filed the complaint with Disney told THR they wanted to remain anonymous but shared specific examples of how they felt “uncomfortable” about Savage, who rose to fame in the original television series in the late 1980s.
A crew member described him on set as “charming” and “very kind,” but said his relationship with a younger woman who works on the show sparked the complaint, noting the “oddness” of it.
Some crew members said the young woman moved into the home where Savage lived in Atlanta during filming of The Wonder Years, recalling that he was “extremely controlling her day-to-day behavior” and was “manipulative and unpredictable.” . Some sources claimed that the young woman seemed withdrawn and different from herself after her interactions with Savage.
A crew member claimed Savage had shown a “very obvious favoritism” towards a woman in her early 30s, who admitted they formed a friendship that she considered “very platonic” but took an odd turn in December 2021 after dating without she had been fired from the show warning.
According to the woman, she was at a bar with some of her former cast members and crewmates, including Savage, when he reportedly walked behind her into the woman’s toilet, gave her “dead-eyed eyes” and pinned her against a wall.
“I said, ‘Please don’t do that.’ I meant ruining the friendship. I begged, not so much out of fear, but there was no turning back,” she told THR.
“He put his mouth on mine very firmly. He’s after my pants. I wiped him away. Then he put his mouth back on mine and grabbed my hand and pulled it down his groin,” she continued. “I retired. He stopped very angry. I checked his shoulder so I could get out.”
He allegedly left the gathering with another younger woman, but sent a series of phone calls and text messages to apologize after the incident. Weeks later, Savage left a voicemail that was received by THR.
“It’s your old friend Fred,” he reportedly said in the message. “We worked together for a while and then we didn’t anymore and then I was a huge – – hole. A giant a – – hole. And I’m really sorry. And I kind of owe you an apology for a minute here and so, uh, the truth is I really like you and I really want to be friends and I’m so sorry I screwed that up.”
The woman said she never answered the voicemail.
In May, sources told Page Six Savage “did a lot of self-reflection” after his release.
“Fred really took this issue very seriously and does a lot of self-reflection on how he could and should have handled different circumstances better,” they said.
It’s not the first time Savage has been accused of wrongdoing; In 2019, he settled a legal dispute with Youngjoo Hwang, a costume designer on former Fox comedy The Grinder, after she accused him of assault and molestation.
In 2018, actress Alley Mills said the original ’80s Wonder Years was canceled after a former costume designer filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Savage, then 16, and co-star Jason Hervey, then 20. The lawsuit was settled in court.
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