CBS Addressed Pauley Perrette's Physical Assault Claims, And The Actress Responded

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Former NCIS actress Pauley Perrette made waves recently after making some startling claims on Twitter that she ended up leaving the series due to alleged multiple physical assaults, and now CBS has released a statement regarding Perrette's tweets. In an official statement, the network appeared to acknowledge some of what Perrette tweeted, and said the actress had come to them regarding an incident while she was still on the series:

Pauley Perrette had a terrific run on NCIS and we are all going to miss her. Over a year ago, Pauley came to us with a workplace concern. We took the matter seriously and worked with her to find a resolution. We are committed to a safe work environment on all our shows.

CBS offered no details of what Pauley Perrette approached them about, nor did they confirm her claims that the complaint was in any way tied to her claims of physical assault. Perrette had said in her tweets she decided to break her silence in order to combat a "very rich and powerful publicity machine," as well as tabloid articles she alleged were spreading falsehoods about her time on the show. Perrette offered few details about the alleged incident in her initial batch of tweets but mentioned a fear that speaking out would negatively hurt her chances of future jobs, her crew, and others close to her.

CBS' statement (via Deadline) did little to flesh out the incident that may have happened on the set of NCIS, but Pauley Perrette appeared to appreciate the network's statement all the same. Perrette tweeted out her thanks to the network, presumably for publicly acknowledging her tweets and mentioning the incident which she had referenced:

Pauley Perrette's tweet would appear to indicate that whatever incident she came to CBS with a year ago will remain a secret for now. While these two events may or may not be connected, it's worth mentioning that this would not be the first time recently that Perrette has gone on the offensive with regards to her decision to leave NCIS. Perrette tweeted back in October that any articles reporting she was exiting the show to start her own skincare line were false, and that she had other reasons for leaving. It seems as though the reasons she was alluding to then would be the same incident she tweeted about, which might explain her anger with the reports mixing up the message surrounding her departure. Weeks prior to this tweet, Perrette made a statement saying it was made "blindingly apparent," that it was time for her to leave NCIS, which also could've been a hint that there was a larger story to be told.

NCIS airs on CBS Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. ET. For a look at what the network has coming down the pipeline in the upcoming fall season be sure to check out their fall programming schedule right here. For a look at all the television shows that can be watched until then, visit CinemaBlend's summer premiere guide.

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