‘So much older’: Alba’s unsettling age gap

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Actor Jessica Alba with Michael Weatherly from TV program ‘Dark Angel’.Source:News Limited

Before actress Eliza Dushku won a $9.5 million settlement from CBS over harassment by the network’s “NCIS” star Michael Weatherly, he dated Jessica Alba when she was a just teenager.

Alba, then 18, and Weatherly, who was 30 at the time, dated for a few years after they met on the set of Fox’s Dark Angel in 2000. He proposed on her 20th birthday — despite their nearly 13-year age gap, and her born-again Christian parents’ disapproval.

Actor Jessica Alba with Michael Weatherly from TV program "Dark Angel".

Actor Jessica Alba with Michael Weatherly from TV program ‘Dark Angel’.Source:News Limited

She later told Cosmo, “Relationships can be tough . . . I’ve only had two boyfriends. In the first one, with Michael [Weatherly], I didn’t have a voice yet, and he was so much older . . . I was so young, 18, when I started dating him. I was a virgin. I knew I wanted to be in love with the first person I slept with, because for almost everyone I knew, the first experience made them feel like s–t . . . I wanted to be careful that he was going to be in love with me, and wasn’t just going to leave me.”

FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2016 file photo, Michael Weatherly attends a special screening of "Doctor Strange" at AMC Empire 25 in New York. Picture: Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File

FILE – In this Nov. 1, 2016 file photo, Michael Weatherly attends a special screening of ‘Doctor Strange’ at AMC Empire 25 in New York. Picture: Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, FileSource:AP

They split in 2003, and Alba got her first tattoo.

She later told Stephen Colbert, “He was really anti-tattoos, and I felt like after I broke up with him, I, like, found myself again.”

The Fantastic Four star is now happily married to Cash Warren with whom she has three children.

Jessica Alba courtside during the game between the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on December 10, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Picture: Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Jessica Alba courtside during the game between the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on December 10, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Picture: Harry How/Getty Images/AFPSource:AFP

It was just revealed that Weatherly, 50, a regular on CBS’s prime-time lineup for 15 years, made sexually inappropriate comments to Dushku, 37, on the 2017 set of Bull, including a rape joke and a comment about a threesome.

She was fired when she complained, and later won a settlement from CBS.

Weatherly, who wed Bojana Jankovic in 2009, said the comments were “jokes mocking some lines in the script . . . what I said was both not funny and not appropriate, and I am sorry.”

In an essay in The Boston Globe published Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, Dushku says she struggled with her decision to keep quiet about the sexual harassment she says she endured from actor Michael Weatherly on the set of the CBS show "Bull." Picture: Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP

In an essay in The Boston Globe published Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, Dushku says she struggled with her decision to keep quiet about the sexual harassment she says she endured from actor Michael Weatherly on the set of the CBS show ‘Bull.’ Picture: Brent N. Clarke/Invision/APSource:AP

But Dushku added in an op-ed this week, “It is easy to see how uncomfortable, speechless and frozen he made me feel. For Weatherly’s part, it looks like a deeply insecure power play, about a need to dominate and demean . . . What is hardest to share, is the way he made me feel for 10 to 12 hours per day for weeks . . . I was made to feel dread nearly all the time I was in his presence.”

 

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