Fred Savage Accused of Forcing Himself on Ex-‘Wonder Years’ Crewmember in Bar Bathroom

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A former crew member on The Wonder Years reboot has accused Fred Savage of forcing himself on her at a bar one night in a new Hollywood Reporter article detailing some of the allegations leading to Savage's ejection from the show earlier this year could have led.
Back in May, Savage was fired from his role as executive producer and director of The Wonder Years following an investigation into allegations of improper conduct. Executives at Disney, which owns ABC - the network that aired The Wonder Years - declined to share details, although reports at the time highlighted incidents of "verbal outbursts and inappropriate behavior."
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According to the new THR article, Savage's exit came after a group of six women who worked on the show sent a complaint to Disney and spoke to an HR executive about their concerns in February. While they all acknowledged that Savage could be kind, charismatic, and supportive, they claim that he was also prone to temper tantrums and verbal harassment, especially towards women. The group added that they were concerned about Savage's relationship with a much younger woman in the crew, as well as the "very obvious favoritism" he showed toward the women who said Savage later assaulted them in a bar toilet.
A Savage representative did not respond to Rolling Stone's request for comment, although Savage shared a statement with The Hollywood Reporter: "Since I was 6 years old I have worked on hundreds of sets with thousands of people and I always strive towards one contribute to an inclusive, safe and supportive work environment. It is devastating to learn that there are colleagues who think that I have failed in these goals. While some incidents are reported that absolutely did not and could not have happened, any person who feels 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.”
Referring to the statement Disney shared in May, an ABC/Disney representative said: "We have recently been made aware of allegations of improper conduct by Fred Savage and, as is policy, an investigation has been launched. Upon its completion, the decision was made to end his tenure as executive producer and director of The Wonder Years.”
The woman, who claims Savage forced himself on her at a bar, said she and Savage became friends over the course of many months and described their relationship as "very platonic." She claimed Savage would take her out to dinner, tried to boost her writing and comedy career, and even met her parents (he also allegedly tried to buy her expensive gifts, though the woman said she declined). Although the woman was abruptly fired from The Wonder Years, she said she did not believe Savage made that call and said he continued to support her.
One evening in early December 2021, Savage reportedly invited her to join a group of Wonder Years people at a bar near the Atlanta home where Savage stayed during production. After going to the restroom, the woman claims Savage entered the restroom as she was walking out of the stall and approached her with "just like dead eyes" and pinned her against the wall.
"I said, 'Please don't do that.' I meant ruin the friendship," the woman claimed. "I pleaded, not so much out of fear, but there was no turning back." She continued, "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 to his groin. I withdrew. He stopped very angry. I checked his shoulder so I could get out.”
After the alleged incident, the woman claims Savage tried to contact her several times to meet up, although she never accepted his invitations. She also shared a voicemail Savage left her that she never replied to: "It's your old friend Fred," Savage allegedly said in the message. "We worked together for a while and then we didn't anymore and then I was a huge asshole. A huge asshole. 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 other younger crew member, who Savage allegedly became close to on The Wonder Years, declined to speak to The Hollywood Reporter. However, a colleague said Savage was "extremely in control of her day-to-day behavior," adding, "He was manipulative and unpredictable." Another woman said she once tried to protect the younger crew member from Savage, who "continued to bully me to verbally harass and belittle".
There were also additional claims that the young woman essentially moved into the house where Savage lived during production. The group of six women who reported Savage to Disney said that relationship was a key reason for their complaint.
“We all felt supported by Fred. We really thought he supported women," said one of the six women. “He told us that he supports women. But that kind of support is not real.”
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