‘NCIS’: Will Mark Harmon and Pauley Perrette’s Drama Turn into a Legal Battle?

NCIS is one of the longest-running shows on TV, with a dedicated fan base and a whole host of stars who bring the beloved characters to life. It seems as though everyone loves the show, and is excited about the brand-new season, set to debut this fall, which will feature a returning character that has been much-missed by fans.

Still, there’s one actress who definitely won’t be returning to NCIS, and if things keep escalating between her and an NCIS star, she could wind up in the courtroom.

Why did Pauley Perrette leave ‘NCIS’?

Mark Harmon, Pauley Perrette
Mark Harmon, Pauley Perrette | Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images

For 15 seasons, Pauley Perrette played Abby Sciuto on NCIS, a forensic scientist with a flair for Gothic dress and makeup. Abby was a definite fan favorite and many couldn’t possibly imagine NCIS without Perrette’s joyous presence.

Still, in October 2017, Perrette announced that she would be leaving the show after the fifteenth season. She clarified that there was no bad blood between her and the network and that it was a decision that she had taken her time to think about.

In spite of Perrette’s claims at the time, in 2018, the actress started tweeting about an alleged incident that happened on the set of NCIS some years ago. Perrette stated that a crew member had been attacked by Mark Harmon’s dog and that Harmon not only didn’t seem phased by the incident but that he kept bringing the dog to the set with him even after the attack.

CBS network issued a statement that neither confirmed nor denied Perrette’s claims, but they did say that they, “worked with her to find a resolution to her concerns.”

Perrette called out Mark Harmon on social media

Perrette’s initial tweets about Harmon’s dog turned out to be just the tip of the iceberg. In June, fans started asking Perrette via social media whether or not she would ever consider returning to NCIS, as Cote de Pablo is slated to later this year.

Perrette’s response was swift and decisive – she claimed that she would never come back to the show because she’s terrified of Harmon and has nightmares about him “attacking” her. 

While nothing has ever surfaced in the media regarding any physical confrontations between Harmon and Perrette, the Twitter rampage started fans wondering. Mark Harmon, who plays Jethro Gibbs on the show, is beloved by the NCIS fan community and is widely believed to be an upstanding, kind person.

What will happen between Perrette and Harmon?

Still, a recent news story indicates that Harmon is none too thrilled with Perrette’s claims, and reportedly is demanding that CBS executives work to silence Perrette. The source also hints that Harmon could be looking at hiring a lawyer since Perrette’s tweets make it seem as though he might have physically attacked her. 

The majority of fans are certainly siding with Harmon – many have responded to Perrette’s tweets with comments about how she’s being overdramatic and turning what should have been a small issue into something akin to murder.

Some have pointed to Perrette’s past and her tendency to call into question other people’s ethics rather than her own and stated that this case is just another slanderous tale.

Without the hard facts of the case or any sort of clear-cut picture of what really happened on the set of NCIS between Harmon and Perrette, it is impossible for anyone to really know the outcome. Certainly, if Perrette continues her social media crusade against NCIS and Harmon, things could take a legal turn and Perrette could end up in court. 

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