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Claim: Fred Savage Harassment Suit Ended "Wonder Years"

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According to one of his co-stars, "The Wonder Years" star Fred Savage was sued for sexual harassment. The show went off the air in  1993, and the co-star alleges it was canceled because of the lawsuit.

Actress Alley Mills said the lawsuit was completely ridiculous in an exclusive interview with Page Six. Mills played the role of Kevin Arnold's mother in the show. Savage played the lead role of Kevin Arnold.

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Mills went on to say that when the cast had finished filming season six of the show, they were unaware the show would be extended to a season seven or not, due to this lawsuit.

"Nobody knew," she told Yahoo News. "And that's because of some completely ridiculous sexual harassment suit that was going on against Fred Savage -- who is like, the least offensive, most wonderful, sweet human being that ever walked the earth."

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Mills went on to say it was only because of "all that garbage" that the coming-of-age show was canceled.

She believes it otherwise would’ve come back for a season seven.

Mills says she was disappointed by the lawsuit against Savage, who she describes as a "sweet human being."

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In 1993, former costume designer Monique Long filed the lawsuit.

Long alleged that Savage, who was 16 years old at the time, had asked her to hold hands, and to have an affair. She also alleged he made various sexual comments, which made it impossible for her to do her job. She was later fired.

Co-star Jason Hervey, who was 20 years old at the time, was also named in the lawsuit.

Long was surprised to hear her name popping up in the media 15 years after the show ended. She said she wanted to speak to her attorney before she made any further comment to members of the media.

This lawsuit was reportedly dropped in the Los Angeles Superior Court after an undisclosed out-of-court settlement was made, according to Page Six.

The #MeToo movement has brought to light many alleged cases of sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry.

But after Savage was accused of harassment, Mills was unable to defend him, leading to frustration.

She said of the allegations against him, "It was not true."

"It was my dresser, and I don't care if she's listening -- I probably shouldn't be telling this, but I don't care because it was so long ago and it's gotta be over now," said Mills.

At the time, she thought the lawsuit was nothing but a joke. She also blames ABC for not having taken the case before a jury and for having settled out of court.

She explained that, "It's very tricky."

"You know, they bought her off, which really made me mad, she told Page Six. "That was incorrigible that the network did that; they should never have paid her off."

Mills added: "They wanted to avoid a scandal or something, but it made them look guilty. You know, you don't pay someone off when there was no crime, you just fire the girl."

Source: Daily Mail / Featured Image: Alan Light/Flickr / Embedded Images: Greg2600/Flickr, Alan Light/Flickr (2)

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