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Earlier this month, CBS claimed that Pauley Perrette and Mark Harmon settled their issues. 

A lot of fans aren’t convinced and think that the network is just trying to smooth things over.

Fans still have questions about this "settlement" … and about the allegations of assault in the first place.

NCIS Scene

Pauley Perrette has been openly and intensely feuding with her former castmate, Mark Harmon.

The two were costars on NCIS for a whopping 15 seasons.

Perrette left the series after tensions were mounting with Harmon.

She has since claimed that there was an incident in which Harmon brought a rescue dog to the set and the dog bit a member of the crew.

Perrette says that she worked to make sure that it couldn’t happen again, and claims that Harmon physically assaulted her in retaliation.

She has even said that she fears him and has nightmares about him. Yikes!

Pauley Perrette Pose

But to hear CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl say it, Perrette and Harmon have buried the hatchet.

"I can’t speak to what she’s addressing in her tweets," Kahl said earlier this summer.

"She did come to us a couple of years ago with a workplace concern," Kahl acknowledged.

Kahl continued: "We immediately investigated it, and we resolved it to everyone’s satisfaction."

"We are very happy to have her on the air again this year with us," Kahl affirmed.

"And," she concluded. "I don’t think she would be back with us if she had huge concerns."

NCIS Scene

On the one hand, maybe CBS made sure that things were squared away.

After all, with Perrette returning to the network in 2020, they wouldn’t want to risk an incident between two of their actors.

She will be starring on a new series, Broke.

A shouting match between stars could harm both shows (because yes, there is such a thing as bad publicity).

Part of "settling" their differences may have been Perrette’s new, unknown salary with this new gig.

It wouldn’t be the first time that a network has padded someone’s paycheck to put a smile on their face, right?

Pauley Perrette as Abby

On the other hand, part of Kahl’s phrasing has fans narrowing their eyes suspiciously.

Perrette left the series two years ago despite her character’s key role on the show.

So it’s a little hard to believe that whatever "workplace issue" wasn’t resolved in a way that pleased everyone.

But note how Kahl says "I don’t think" when talking about Perrette returning to CBS if she has any concerns.

That sounds like someone who wants everyone to believe that everything’s cool now but isn’t prepared to commit to it.

Kahl may even be hoping to keep Perrette or Harmon from saying anything further because they are once again both employees of CBS.

Mark Harmon and Pauley Perrette

It’s hard to imagine Perrette going from "I have nightmares about this dude" to "yeah we’re cool."

But maybe she told CBS what they wanted to hear when they offered her a new show.

However, all of that is speculation.

Unless Perrette or Harmon choose to speak out — at the risk of getting yelled at by CBS’ higher-ups — we can’t know for sure.

Even reports on "sources" claiming to know the private thoughts of either actor should be viewed with suspicion.

That said, if one ends up suing the other in court — which looked like a real possibility earlier this summer — we’ll have our answer.