Skip to comments.The Rookie's Studio Is Investigating Star's Claims of Sexual Harassment and Racial Bullying (tr)
Posted on 08/04/2019 6:18:37 PM PDT by EdnaMode
The production studio behind ABCs The Rookie says it has launched an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment and racial bullying made by cast member Afton Williamson, who quit the series after sensing that her complaints had been largely ignored.
As first reported by TVLine, Williamson is not returning for Season 2 of the procedural, where she played training officer Talia Bishop opposite Nathan Fillions title character. In a message posted to Instagram early Sunday morning, the actress alleged that starting with the pilot shoot in spring 2018 and throughout all of Season 1, she experienced racial discrimination/racially charged inappropriate comments from the hair department, as well as sexual harassment from a recurring guest star. Williamson alleges that the bullying from the hair department escalated into sexual assault at the Season 1 wrap party.
HR protocol was never adhered to following the above reports given by me to my showrunner/EP [Alexi Hawley], and an investigation was never issued for any of my claims, Williamson said in her Instagram post. Despite being told that everything was handled following a June meeting that she called involving showrunner Alexi Hawley, two other producers, her agent and a SAG-AFTRA union representative The investigation hadnt even begun and Season 2 had already started filming. As a result, she says, I walked. A statement issued by production studio eOne reads, We take claims of this nature very seriously. We have initiated an independent investigation which is ongoing and as such, it would not be appropriate to comment at this time.
ABC in turn issued a statement saying, In late June, eOne made us aware and informed us that they launched an investigation that is ongoing. The safety of working environments is a top priority for us, and we take this matter very seriously.
Showrunner Hawley previously told TVLine of Williamsons most unexpected exit, Its not really my place to get into her personal decision.
Lookin to hit the lawsuit lottery
By the hair dept?
I wonder if she has problem hair and took their comments about it as being "racist".
“By the hair dept?”
Yeah, that doesn’t sound right. Hairdresseers are not known for their attraction to women.
I found the Rookie quite watchable. I will likely watch next season, if there is one.
I watched it for a while and forgot the show even ran.
Other than “Shark Tank,” “The Rookie” is the only TV show I would watch on ABC.
It had its liberal story lines here and there, but overall it’s not a bad series.
Surprised to hear of this development.
It is fun but when they killed the captain it really annoyed me. (Being polite).
I thought that woman was a bit young to be a captain in the L.A.P.D. in the first place.
That being said, I didn’t like it either when they killed her off. Of course, she was murdered by a white guy, not a Mexican or black....what else is new in regards to crime dramas.
I thought the captain was going to be the love interest of the “rookie.” He seemed to be interested in her.
“I thought the captain was going to be the love interest of the rookie. He seemed to be interested in her.”
I thought so too.
Really liked her.
Then the show took a hard left turn and I stopped watching.
Sounds like the Union was on it, and she bailed before any investigation. Im calling bull.
She "experienced racial discrimination/racially charged inappropriate comments from the hair department," as well as sexual harassment from a recurring guest star.
I suspect her character was being written out and “to preserve her dignity” she is naking this baseless claim.
Too bad, as she is a good actress but, maybe she can’t handle constantly looking for jobs, which is part and parcel in the entertainment world.
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