David Hunt, Patricia Heaton's husband, accused of inappropriate touching

Lawrence Kim
November 18, 2019

Check out what's clicking today in entertainment. News broke this weekend that two writers quit the Patricia Heaton-led show following complaints that Heaton's husband David Hunt - an executive producer on the series - was behaving inappropriately.

Hunt reportedly completed harassment training on October 1.

Furthermore, the network said it had agreed to pay them out for the remainder of the show's season.

Hunt - the show's executive producer - allegedly inappropriately touched a female writer, who ended up leaving the series along with a producer after they claim the network mishandled their complaints, the New York Times reported. Moreover, the writer also alleged the second incident occurred when Hunt was walking around the set and looking for something, when he allegedly took her "by the shoulders and jerked her forward".

The two women then reported the issue to the showrunners, but Gupta specified that she did not want Hunt kicked off the show: 'I told them just my own personal code of ethics, which is that if there is space for education instead of punitive measures, then I believe in education, ' she told the Times.

Later, a second female writer on Carol's Second Act, Margee Magee, says she quit due to speaking out about what allegedly happened to Broti Gupta and how her complaint was handled in the aftermath.

The outlet stated that while Hunt's 25-year-old accuser did not want him to be fired for his actions, she did allegedly wish for him to undergo sexual harassment training so he could better understand how uncomfortable he had made her.

However, after reporting her complaint, Gupta claimed she and Magee were prevented from attending certain rehearsals, rendering her unable to do her job properly.

Heaton and Hunt's lawyer Bryan Freedman told the Times that Hunt "did not remember the details as described" and that Hunt "does not recall rubbing anyone's thigh or leg and he disputes that characterization of it".

Patrica Heaton's husband is being accused of inappropriate behavior on the CBS sitcom Carol's Second Act. "The executive producer cooperated fully with the process", the network said.

However, after sharing her complaint with human resources, Gupta claims she was "stripped of her responsibilities" and wasn't allowed to be a part of certain rehearsals.

They continued, "In addition, we looked into allegations of retaliatory conduct by the showrunners at the time they were raised, and we found no evidence of retaliatory intent in their interactions with the writer or the producer". "The writer and producer made a decision to leave the show of their own accord".

A rep for Heaton did not return Fox News' request for comment.

Both Gupta and Magee will be paid for all guaranteed episodes of the CBS sitcom and are free to speak about their experiences on the job, CBS confirmed in a statement.

The attorney added that Hunt, 65, "remembers looking for a script but does not remember the detail of touching anyone's shoulders, and if he did that, it was not meant to be offensive".

Hunt and Heaton have been married since 1990, and share four children.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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