Fred Savage denies allegations following Wonder Years firing

Published By Tribute on Aug 10, 2022

Fred Savage in still from The Grinder
Fred Savage was accused of misconduct by several of his The Wonder Years reboot colleagues earlier this year, and the actor has recently responded to the allegations.

According to The New York Post, a representative for Savage said he "denies the claims of inappropriate sexual behavior."

In February 2022, multiple woman reported Savage to Disney, and the actor, who was producing and directing the ABC series, was fired on May 6, 2022. A spokesperson for Disney released a statement announcing Savage's termination, but at the time, the public didn't know what these "allegations of inappropriate conduct" entailed.

However, details have been revealed by the women themselves, telling The Hollywood Reporter that "people need to know what the wrongdoing was."

They claimed Savage's eyes would "go dead" and he would "verbally abuse" some "below-the-line employees who don’t have power." Higher level actors and executives didn't receive this treatment -- instead, he would appear charismatic and display "his absolute perfect, best face.”

One crew member recalled Savage, who is married and has three children, having an inappropriate and controlling relationship on the Atlanta set with a younger woman who worked on the show, while another described his behavior as "manipulative" and "erratic."

There was an incident involving Savage and a woman in her 30s, who was abruptly fired from the show in December 2021. She told The Hollywood Reporter she had a platonic relationship with the actor. She recalled going to a bar with her former colleagues and when she went to the restroom, Savage allegedly pushed her against the wall.

She said, "He put his mouth on mine very forcefully. He went for the top of my pants. I brushed him away. Then he put his mouth on mine again, grabbed my hand and pulled it on his groin area. I was pulling back. He stopped very angrily. I shoulder-checked him so I could get out.” The woman added that she "was honestly scared of him for the first time."

Savage acknowledged the controversy in a statement, saying: “Since I was 6 years old, I have worked on hundreds of sets with thousands of people, and have always strived to contribute to an inclusive, safe and supportive work environment. It is devastating to learn that there are co-workers who feel I have fallen short of these goals. While there are some incidents being reported that absolutely did not and could not have happened, any one 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 affected anyone, as nothing in this world is more important to me than being a supportive co-worker, friend, husband, father and person.”

Savage has been accused of misconduct in the past. In 2018, costume designer Youngjoo Hwang for the series The Grinder accused him of both assault and harassment. The suit was resolved out of court. The same year, actress Alley Mills said the original The Wonder Years was cancelled in the 1990s when a crew member filed a sexual harrassment lawsuit against Savage, who was then 16, and co-star Jason Hervey. That suit was also settled out of court. ~Claudia Minardi

Comments & Discussion

  1. Paul Manson • 8/11/2022 12:04:09 PM

    I wonder what his voice over has to say about this one

  2. Teresa • 8/11/2022 12:09:38 PM

    He seems so sweet on tv. It just goes to show, it takes time to truly know what someone is really like. If he's been doing this kind of thing since he was 16 (or maybe even before), how did he keep working? Oh right, it's a boys club in Hollywood. And everywhere else. Men don't see this kind of thing as anything but boys will be boys.

  3. Lorena S • 8/11/2022 12:41:18 PM

    ALLEGEDLY.... key word. Why is it so "in fashion" to scream sexual harassment nowadays? Lets not crucify the man before any actual PROOF is brought forward. We have enough "fallen men" who have suffered at the hands of vindictive women (IE: Jeremy Piven, Johnny Depp etc) This stuff is not a game - you can literally destroy people's lives with all these accusations. And yes, I am a woman.

  4. Jacquie • 8/11/2022 2:07:41 PM

    I’m all for innocent until proven guilty but when you settle a couple out of court… I don’t know

  5. J. • 8/11/2022 4:32:19 PM

    @Teresa – Exactly. He's been able to keep working since his teens because of the old boys club. The original Wonder Years got cancelled because they didn't want to deal with a sexual harassment case but rather chose to settle out of court. Women nowadays aren't going to keep quiet anymore. More power to them.

  6. Lee • 8/11/2022 6:04:23 PM

    I think people need to produce evidence not just hearsay. For men and for woman, like Asia Argento was accused of all kind of things by a young man too.

  7. Rob • 8/11/2022 8:27:11 PM

    They claimed Savage’s eyes would “go dead” and he would “verbally abuse” some “below-the-line employees who don’t have power.” Higher level actors and executives didn’t receive this treatment — instead, he would appear charismatic and display “his absolute perfect, best face.” Yeah that's how Hollywood works..I can only imagine what the snowflakes would be saying if they had to endure William Friedkin or Stanley Kubrick lol

  8. George burns • 8/13/2022 12:40:16 PM

    Who cares the country is going to shit

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