Ellen Pompeo has been pictured on the Grey’s Anatomy set for the first time since former co-star Isaiah Washington claimed she was paid ‘$5m hush money’ to keep quiet about Patrick Dempsey’s ‘toxic and nasty’ behaviour on the set of the show.
The actress, 51, appeared stony-faced as she strolled across the LA set wearing a light purple turtleneck, grey trousers and boots.
Ellen appeared glued to her phone at moments, putting on a pair of glasses to better examine her device.
First sighting: Ellen Pompeo, 51, has been pictured on the Grey’s Anatomy set for the first time since former co-star Isaiah Washington claimed she was paid ‘$5m hush money’
Claims: Washington claimed she was paid ‘$5m hush money’ to keep quiet about Patrick Dempsey’s ‘toxic and nasty’ behaviour on the set of the ABC medical drama
The star wore her hair loose and appeared deep in thought as she prepared for a day of filming.
She was also seen chatting to a member of the show’s crew.
MailOnline has reached out to both Ellen and Patrick’s representatives for comment.
58-year-old Isaiah made the comments last week when speaking on KBLA Talk 1580 with Tavis Smiley.
He claimed claimed Ellen ‘took $5 million dollars under the table… to not tell the world how toxic and nasty Patrick Dempsey  really was’ years back when dozens of high-profile Hollywood names were accused of workplace misconduct amid the #MeToo movement.
Stony-faced: The actress appeared stony-faced as she strolled across the LA set wearing a light purple turtleneck, grey trousers and boots
Checking her phone: Ellen appeared glued to her phone at moments, putting on a pair of glasses to better examine her device
Ellen and Patrick played married couple Meredith Grey and Derek Shepherd until Derek’s death in season 11 following a fatal car accident.
Isaiah also said he ‘used as a scapegoat’ when he was let go from the series in 2007 after he was accused of using a homophobic slur at castmate T.R. Knight.
He said on the radio show that ‘it was an agenda to cover up for the toxic and bad behaviour of many of my former castmates on that show… and the top of that would be Patrick Dempsey.’
Mask in hand: While looking at her phone the actress clutched a black face mask in her left hand
Isaiah said that his tension with Dempsey was initially based on finances.
‘I was the highest paid person on that show, next to Patrick Dempsey,’ he said. ‘Apparently, it got out, so there was a lot of resentment. I understand that but it was based on my roles and my resume. I can’t help that.
‘He was called Pilot Poison. No one wanted him on the show. They wanted Rob Lowe.’
Isaiah added that Patrick ‘was not a nice guy from day one,’ recalling an exchange with producer Peter Horton and Dempsey on his first day.
‘I was at a table read, Peter Horton … came over and said, ”I thought we got rid of you.” Patrick Dempsey walks in, didn’t think I could see him with the reflection, throws up his hands, like, ”What is he doing here?” That’s day one.’
Isaiah claimed Patrick made racially-charged statements to him while on set.
‘He liked me and once I had a conversation with him, he said, ”Isaiah, do you know that white men are the masters of the universe?” And I said, ”You really believe that?” And he said ”Absolutely,”’ Isaiah said, according to the outlet.
Conversation: Ellen was also seen chatting to a member of the show’s crew as she prepared for a day of filming
Deep in thought: The star wore her hair loose and appeared deep in thought as she prepared for a day of filming
Isaiah added that a ‘simmering of disrespect’ from Patrick worsened as time went on, recalling details of an infamous October 2006 clash they had when he was late to the set.
‘That Monday, he is late. Instead of apologizing for it, he got in my face and assaulted me three times. Physically. I did what I had to do as a man. And I cussed him out.’
He said that the homophobic phrase he used was accused of using toward Knight was said in a different context.
Washington said he told Patrick, ‘You’re not going to punk me, you’re not going to treat me like a B-word and you’re not going to treat me like an F-word.
‘I was speaking to myself as we refer to as a schoolyard taunt and weakness. Talking about myself. But I had already heard the abuse, that he threw Kate Walsh through a window out of anger. That he terrorized T. R. Knight.’
He said that Knight, 48, was not present when he used the offensive phrase, and that the story with Patrick was twisted to make him look bad.
‘It went from us having a brawl, which was never a brawl, to me saying something about T.R.,’ Washington said, adding that he was ‘coerced to apologize’ to keep his spot on the hit show.
The latest: Isaiah Washington, 58, opened up about his experience on the Grey’s Anatomy set, and what he said were many toxic elements in play involving key figures on the set
In the interview, Washington claimed that Ellen had become ‘unnerved’ by the buzz surrounding other performers on the series, including himself and Sandra Oh.
‘She couldn’t believe that everybody was more interested in me and Sandra and everybody else than her,’ he said, adding that he was ‘not shocked’ by Pompeo’s revelation last month that she clashed with Denzel Washington when the Oscar-winner directed an episode of the series in 2016.
‘She really thinks that she’s cool with Black people like that, but she’s not,’ Isaiah added.
Critical: Washington was critical of both Dempsey and Pompeo in the interview (pictured as their characters Meredith Grey and Derek Shepherd)