12:19pm PT by Bryn Elise Sandberg
'The Resident' Producer Under Review as Past Sexual Harassment Allegations on 'Code Black' Surface
Zachary Lutsky, a consulting producer on Fox's The Resident, has been placed under review as past sexual harassment claims against him on CBS' Code Black have surfaced. Lutsky, who has a long history of being a medical consultant on other TV shows, has been a consulting producer on the new drama since November and occasionally lends writing services to the show.
Lutsky was allegedly investigated for sexual harassment on two shows he's recently worked on — The Night Shift and Code Black — and the claims on the latter series were considered serious enough that he was asked not to return to production after they were reported to human resources. The past claims resurfaced after Lutsky shared an article on social media about how The Resident was planning a sexual harassment-themed episode.
Elsewhere, Lutsky has made a number of onscreen appearances on shows like Dr. Oz and Untold Stories of the ER, and had guest spots on Parenthood and Nashville. His past credits include being an advisor/consultant on Diagnosis X, ER, Southland, Miami Medical, Hart of Dixie, The Doctor, A Gifted Man and The Blacklist. In addition to his TV work, he is an active ER doctor at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
“I am quite disturbed by these heartbreaking anonymous allegations. I take them very seriously and categorically deny them," Lutsky said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "I sincerely care for the feelings of everyone I encounter, including friends and co-workers, and I conduct myself in a way that treats all people with dignity and respect. As a physician, I have dedicated my life to helping those in need. In my 16 years of practice, I have never been accused of any wrongdoing. True harassment allegations are serious. I have never engaged in, been fired for nor been found guilty of any allegation of misconduct — ever."