I was sexually harassed by the producer of “Fresh Off the Boat”

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‘Fresh Off the Boat’ alum Constance Wu claims in her upcoming memoir that she was sexually harassed by a production team manager for the now-defunct ABC sitcom.

According to The New York Times, the 40-year-old actress only refers to the staffer by an initial in “Making a Scene.”

Wu also alleges that during the show’s inaugural season in 2015, the man exhibited controlling behaviors such as “demanding that she do all her business in front of him and telling her what to wear,” according to the report. Times.

“‘Fresh Off the Boat’ was my very first TV show,” Wu told the publication. “I was thrown into this world. I don’t have parents in the industry. And because I was 30, people thought I knew what I was doing. It made me paranoid and embarrassed .

The star – who played matriarch Jessica Huang on the show – says things took a physical turn when she and the producer attended a sporting event together. There, he allegedly “placed his hand on her thigh, his hand eventually brushing her crotch,” The Times reports.

Wu claims she asked him to stop and the two then swept the alleged incident under the rug.

During a panel at Friday’s Atlantic Festival in Washington, DC, Wu detailed his decision to speak out about the alleged misconduct.

“I kept my mouth shut for a very long time about a lot of sexual harassment and bullying that I experienced in the first two seasons of the show. Because after the first two seasons, once that was a success, once I was no longer afraid of losing my job, that’s when I could start saying “no” to harassment, “no” to bullying, from there producer,” she said, per Variety.

“And, then I thought, ‘You know what? I handled it, nobody has to know, I don’t have to tarnish the reputation of this Asian American producer, I don’t have to tarnish the reputation of the show.

“Fresh Off the Boat” ended its six-season run in February 2020.

Constance Wu
Wu only refers to the producer by an initial in his book, “Making a Scene,” according to The New York Times.
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ABC did not immediately respond to Page Six’s requests for comment and declined to comment to the NYT. When reached for comment, Wu’s rep did not respond to the allegation, but suggested we get the book.

Wu wrote her book during her long absence from the public eye. She took a three-year hiatus from social media after facing backlash for tweeting that she was “so upset” and “literally crying” about the renewal of “Fresh Off the Boat” in 2019.

She even attempted suicide before a friend intervened to save her life.

“Luckily a friend found me and took me to the ER. It was a scary moment that made me re-evaluate my life a lot,” the ‘Hustlers’ star explained in a July Twitter post. “Over the next few years, I put my career aside to focus on my mental health. AsAms don’t talk enough about mental health.

Wu added that her upcoming memoir is “not always the most flattering representation” of herself. But it’s “as honest as I know how to be,” she noted.

Book by Constance Wu
“Making a Scene” hits stores on October 4.

“Because the truth is, I’m not poised, graceful, or perfect. I’m emotional. I make mistakes…lots of mistakes!” she concluded. “After a little break from Hollywood and a lot of therapy, I feel good enough to venture here again (at least for a little while). And even though I’m scared, I’ve decided I owe it to me 3 years ago to be brave and share my story so she can help someone with theirs.

Wu previously said that her negative reaction to the renewal of “FOTB” was due to the fact that she had to “give up another project that I was really passionate about.” She further clarified the intent behind her tweet in an August 2019 interview with the Los Angeles Times, calling herself “dramatic.”

“Making a Scene” hits stores on October 4.

If you or someone you know is in emotional distress or considering suicide, call National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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