CBS defends handling of 'Bull' actor and misconduct claim

FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2016 file photo, Michael Weatherly attends a special screening of "Doctor Strange" at AMC Empire 25 in New York. CBS reached a $9.5 million confidential settlement last year with actress Eliza Dushku after on-set sexual comments from Weatherly, star of the network's show "Bull," made her uncomfortable. CBS confirmed the settlement Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. Weatherly told the New York Times in an email that he was simply mocking comments in the script to Dushku, and was mortified and apologized when he learned she was uncomfortable. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) CBS is defending its handling of a sexual harassment claim against "Bull" drama series star Michael Weatherly.

CBS Entertainment President Kelly Kahl said Wednesday that Weatherly "owned" his mistake and was apologetic and remorseful.

Last year, CBS reached a $9.5 million confidential settlement with actress Eliza Dushku after she alleged on-set sexual comments from Weatherly made her uncomfortable.

In renewing Weatherly's series, CBS considered the totality of the actor's long tenure at CBS, which included more than a decade on "NCIS," Kahl said. There were no complaints about Weatherly before or after Dushku's, he said.