Lead actress of ‘Home Improvement’ defends Tim Allen over resurfaced clip showing him lifting kilt on set

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Patricia Richardson, lead actress of the 1990s hit sitcom “Home Improvement,” defended her co-star, Tim Allen, this week after an old video clip surfaced, purportedly showing Allen flashing Richardson.

What is the background?

Richardson’s comments are particularly noteworthy after Pamela Anderson, who played a minor role on “Home Improvement,” alleged that Allen flashed her before the filming of the show’s pilot episode.

Variety reported on Anderson’s allegations, which are featured in her forthcoming memoir, set to be released next week. Anderson wrote:

On the first day of filming, I walked out of my dressing room, and Tim was in the hallway in his robe. He opened his robe and flashed me quickly — completely naked underneath. He said it was only fair, because he had seen me naked. Now we’re even. I laughed uncomfortably.

Allen has denied the accusations.

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“No, it never happened. I would never do such a thing,” he told Variety.

What did Richardson say?

After Anderson’s allegations were published, TMZ obtained video of a “Home Improvement” blooper reel.

The clip shows Richardson’s character, “Jill Taylor,” and Allen’s, “Tim Taylor,” standing in the living room set of the show. Allen’s character is wearing a kilt when he appears to flash Richardson, who responds, “Hangs long, I just wish it was shorter.” Both characters then laughed.

The clip was used to perhaps give credence to Anderson’s accusations against Allen. But Richardson quickly shut down any hint of impropriety.

“People ask me what was under the kilt when he flashed me, he was well dressed under there, I was just shocked that he lifted the kilt, not by a man in boxer shorts,” Richardson told TMZ.

Anything else?

Anderson responded to Allen’s denial this week by doubling down on her accusation.

“This true story is just one of many surreal and uncomfortable situations I learned to navigate,” Anderson said in a statement. “My book goes into how it made me feel over the course of my life and, in this case, my career. I have no ill will toward Tim. But like the rest, it should never have happened.”

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