Actor Fred Savage is denying assault claims from a former female coworker who claims he created a hostile work environment on the set of the former Fox comedy show 'The Grinder.'
According to TMZ, Youngjoo Hwang, a costume designer, filed a lawsuit against Savage and 20th Century Fox for harassment, assault, battery and discrimination. She claims Savage was verbally abusive and had a reputation for tormenting female crew members.
20th Century Fox Television released a statement, in which the studio said, that it completed an investigation into the claims that he harassed crew members while on set and found “no evidence of any wrongdoing.”
“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,” producer 20th Century Fox TV said in a statement.
Savage also released a statement denying the allegations.
Read the full statement from Savage below:
“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.
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.”
'The Grinder' aired on Fox from 2015-16 and was canceled after one season.