Pauley Perrett's alleged reasons for leaving 'NCIS'
The actress has portrayed one of the lead characters on the show for a full 15 seasons, but her reason for leaving leaves a bitter taste in the mouth.
Pauley Perrette has played the role Abby Scuito in the procedural drama series NCIS since the very first season of the hit crime drama, but it seems that she may have left the show due to physical abuse.
In a series of tweets, the 49-year-old Perrette said that tabloids are spreading lies about her while she is forced to remain silent by a 'very powerful publicity machine.'
She mysteriously added that 'he did it,' but didn't explain who she was referring to, leaving fans to wonder whether someone from the NCIS cast might have assaulted Perrette.
I refused to go low, that's why I've never told publicly what happened. But there are tabloid articles out there that are telling total lies about me. If you believe them? Please leave me alone. You clearly don't know me. (Sorry guys, had to be said)— Pauley Perrette (@PauleyP) May 13, 2018
Maybe I'm wrong for not "spilling the beans" Telling the story, THE TRUTH. I feel I have to protect my crew, jobs and so many people. But at what cost? I.don't know. Just know, I'm trying to do the right thing, but maybe silence isn't the right thing about crime. I'm... Just... ?— Pauley Perrette (@PauleyP) May 13, 2018
Later, she tweeted about her support for anti-bullying campaigns and said she knows from personal experience now that safety is essential.
"It's horrifying. I left. Multiple Physical Assaults. I REALLY get it now. Stay safe. Nothing is worth your safety. Tell someone," she wrote on Twitter.
There is a "machine' keeping me silent, and feeding FALSE stories about me. A very rich, very powerful publicity "machine". No morals, no obligation to truth, and I'm just left here, reading the lies, trying to protect my crew. Trying to remain calm. He did it.— Pauley Perrette (@PauleyP) May 13, 2018
I've been supporting ant-bullying programs forever. But now I KNOW because it was ME! If it's school or work, that you're required to go to? It's horrifying. I left. Multiple Physical Assaults. I REALLY get it now. Stay safe. Nothing is worth your safety. Tell someone.— Pauley Perrette (@PauleyP) May 13, 2018
Perrette also questioned whether her decision to remain silent was the right course of action to take, but added that her team's safety is her primary concern.
Perrette spoke out before about being stalked and said that her assailant is 'still at it' after 14 years. She works toward having laws amended.
As reported by People, Perrette knows that a restraining order is only a piece of paper and realizes the danger that comes with having one's life on the Internet and on social media.
"Stalkers use the Internet, that’s their main tool. There’s a lot we have to get changed but especially Internet stalking laws,” she added.
Throughout it all, Perrette is thankful for the support she receives from her fans. She feels as though her fans genuinely appreciate the work she has done on NCIS throughout the years.
They support her unconditionally, and she described them as funny, smart, kind, and caring; adding that she is 'proud of the group of fans that Abby has attracted."
NCIS airs every Tuesday evening at 8 pm on CBS.