“Throughout the filming of the pilot, I suffered from racial discrimination / indecent comments bearing charges of racism from the poetry department and bullying from executive producers. During the season, it continued alongside sexual harassment from frequent guest star, Demetrius Gross, and racist commentary and bullying from the chief The hair section, Sally Sijanovic escalated to sexual assault at our wrapping party. “
Maybe not words you want to hear from one of the show’s co-stars, and it’s definitely not something you want to read On her public Instagram account While it airs lawsuits of sexual assault and racial discrimination against your cast and announces to the world that she is leaving the show.
But that’s the way ABC’s Afton Williamson leaves “The Rookie”, just as he started filming the second season of the show.
Williamson also claims that her sexual harassment allegations have not been documented, have not been reported, and have not been investigated, and that Ciganovich “was only expelled after the sexual assault and not for an entire year of external racism / racially charged language and bullying behavior in and out of hair and a makeup trailer”. She says the investigation did not begin until after she called a meeting in June after announcing that “The Rookie” would be returning for a second season. At that meeting, she said, “It was clear to all of those present at the meeting that Showrunner had not shared my reports with any of the producers.”
She also says not only was Grosse fired after her allegations, but forced to film new scenes with him, including the day after the alleged sexual harassment. Despite assurances that “everything has been dealt with,” says Williamson, an investigation into her allegations had not started until the time of filming the second season. She said, “I rejected it and walked over.” “Now is the best time in the world to be a woman and I have a stage so it’s time to use my voice.”
Waiting for answers
USA Today reported that ABC Entertainment Chair Carrie Burke said she was “frustrated” and currently “doesn’t have much answers” in response to Williamson’s allegations. She said she only learned of these allegations when the investigation began at the end of June. “I wish I had more,” She told reporters. “We are awaiting the answers … once we learn more, we’ll make a decision based on what has been found.”
“The Rookie” is produced by Entertainment One, which is investigating Williamson’s allegations. Outside of the internal investigation, Williamson has not filed any lawsuit or civil claims with the EEOC. Gross and Sejanovic have not yet responded to their allegations.