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Less than a week after beloved NCIS character Abby Sciuto's final episode aired, the actor who played her, Pauley Perrette, has tweeted a cryptic stream of accusations implying all was not well on set in the lead-up to the end of her 15-year tenure.

Although she wouldn't reveal the culprit, Perrette suggested someone – a man – was responsible for bullying, including physical assaults, that led to her exit.

Perrette's final episode of NCIS as Abby aired last week.

"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," she tweeted on Saturday.

Perrette appeared to question her own decision not to speak up about whatever happened, while alluding to it being a "crime" and that "he did it" – while she is being kept "silent" by a "very rich, very powerful publicity machine".

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Her final tweet on the matter alluded to her physical safety being at risk if she had stayed.

"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."

Perrette first announced she would be leaving NCIS in October 2017, following rumours about feuds and a skin care line. It was a decision made a year earlier, she tweeted.

The actor has also been a vocal supporter of the #MeToo movement, tweeting multiple times about her own experiences of sexual assault and abusive relationships.

However, her recent tweets are the first time she has alluded to bullying and assault on set.

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Jenny Noyes

Journalist at the Sydney Morning Herald

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