Ellen Pompeo went hiking with a friend just a few days after it came out that her Grey's Anatomy co-star 'terrorized' other cast members while on-set, even allegedly giving some castmates 'PTSD.'
The actress, 51, kept a low-profile wearing a black sweater and dark gray athletic sweats.
She used a white fanny pack slung over her shoulder to carry her things, and she held a mask in one hand.
Getting some exercise: Ellen Pompeo went hiking with a friend after a newly released excerpt from a Grey's Anatomy tell-all shared accounts of former co-star Patrick Dempsey's manipulative behavior on set
Low key: Pompeo was accompanied by a friend who wore her hair in a tight bun atop her head , an all black sweater and black yoga pants
Pompeo was accompanied by a friend who wore her hair in a tight bun atop her head , an all black sweater and black yoga pants.
Their hike comes after a new book, revealed some dark behind the scenes secrets about Patrick Dempsey.
In a scathing excerpt from How to Save a Life: The Inside Story Of Grey's Anatomy, published by The Hollywood Reporter, executive producer James D. Parriott explained how 'HR issues' eventually lead to Dempsey's character getting killed off in 2015 during the tail end of season 11.
Parriot - one of the book's 80-plus sources - said: 'There were HR issues. It wasn't sexual in any way. He sort of was terrorizing the set, Some cast members had all sorts of PTSD with him.'
On set terror? Dempsey was accused of 'terrorizing the set' of Grey's Anatomy and even giving certain castmates 'PTSD' from their experiences with him
Patrick, 55, came into the production as the biggest name, giving him instant influence, and when his character Dr. Derek Shepherd - leading lady Meredith Grey's love interest - became primetime's favorite heartthrob, his impact on set increased.
Parriott recalled creator Shonda Rhimes saying: 'He’s McDreamy. The perfect man.'
His natural charm made him well-liked by many, with writer/producer Jeannine Renshaw recalling: 'We all love Patrick. Patrick is a sweetheart.'
But some remembered him having too much sway over the production, with Parriott saying: 'He had this hold on the set where he knew he could stop production and scare people.'
Frustrated: On-screen love interest Ellen Pompeo became 'frustrated with Patrick' and 'would get angry that he wasn’t working as much,' according to one insider
'The network and studio came down and we had sessions with them. I think he was just done with the show. He didn't like the inconvenience of coming in every day and working. He and Shonda were at each other’s throats.'
That tension boiled over into his relationship with his on-screen love/later-wife Pompeo, who became 'frustrated with Patrick' and 'would get angry that he wasn’t working as much,' according to Renshaw.
She said: 'She was very big on having things be fair. She just didn’t like that Patrick would complain that “I’m here too late” or “I’ve been here too long” when she had twice as many scenes in the episode as he did.'
No chemistry off-screen: 'She was very