Former Wonder Years Actor Fred Savage Sued for Harassment


News Conference To Announce Lawsuit Against Actor Fred Savage And Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. For Harassment Allegations (Getty Images)

Former Wonder Years star, Fred Savage, is in the spotlight facing a harassment lawsuit. 

YoungJoo Hwang has come forward with allegations claiming the child actor and director was verbally and physically abusive to her and other women working on the set of the Fox television series, The Grinder. 

In 2015, Hwang worked as a costume set designer where she says she would frequently be subjected to Savage's insulting remarks and aggressive behavior. 

"He would routinely curse at me, yell at me, demean me, when all I was trying to do was my job," said Hwang. 

In one encounter that Hwang recalls, she details a time when she was attempting to brush dandruff off of an actors coat.

"Mr. Savage snapped. He yelled at me, told me not to touch him, and he hit my arm violently three times."

Hwang says that she reported Savage's conduct with her and other women on set to her superiors, but was told to stay quiet. Her superiors told her that staying mute on the subject would allow her and others to keep their jobs and not become blacklisted in Hollywood. 

"My complaints were ignored, the violence perpetrated against me was ignored, and I was made to feel as if I had done something wrong - that I was to blame and that I should just keep my mouth shut."

Hwang has now come forward, motivated by the #metoo movement and other women who have felt silenced. 

"I was inspired by the #MeToo movement and the women before me and encourage other women to come forward and speak their truth."

The suit claims that Fred Savage has committed gender harassment, assault, battery and gender discrimination reports ABC 7.


20th Century Fox has released a statement saying they have investigated the situation and found no wrongdoing on the part of Fred Savage. 

"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."

Fred Savage himself has responded to the situation in a statement. Here is an excerpt 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."


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