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Old 07-27-2019, 02:10 PM   #1
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Exclamation Afton Williamson Leaves "The Rookie" over Sexual Harassment/Bullying on Set

"The Rookie's" Afton Williamson is not Returning for Season 2
by Matt Webb Mitovich
July 26, 2019



Sources tell TVLine exclusively that in one of the biggest casting surprises of the upcoming fall TV season, Afton Williamson will not be returning to ABC’s "The Rookie", where she played the title character’s TO, Talia Bishop.

TVLine hears that the parting of ways is “amicable.” Both ABC and production studio eOne declined to comment on Williamson’s status.

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Afton Williamson Claims She Quit ABC Series "The Rookie" over Racism & Sexual Misconduct on Set
by Nellie Andreeva
August 4, 2019



"The Rookie" series regular Afton Williamson, who played John Nolan’s (Nathan Fillion) training officer Talia Bishop, will not be returning for Season 2.

In an Instagram post published early Sunday, Williamson alleges that she quit the ABC series because of systematic racism/racially charged comments, bullying, and sexual harassment, which remained largely ignored by the producers of the show until the sexual harassment by the head of the hair department escalated to sexual assault at the wrap party and the person was fired.

She claims that she had reported inappropriate behavior by the hair department and a recurring guest star to executive producer/showrunner Alexi Hawley but her claims were not investigated, and the recurring guest star was allowed to continue, leading to her decision to leave the show.

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"The Rookie" Producer eOne Investigating Co-Star Afton Williamson’s Allegations of Racism & Sexual Misconduct
by Nellie Andreeva
August 4, 2019



More than 12 hours after former "The Rookie" co star Afton Williamson posted a bombshell statement on Instagram that she had walked away from the show after being sexually harassed and racially discriminated against, the studios behind the ABC cop dramedy, Entertainment One and ABC Studios, on Sunday afternoon issued separate statements.

We take claims of this nature very seriously,” said a spokesperson for lead studio eOne, which handles production and any related issues. “We have initiated an independent investigation which is ongoing and as such, it would not be appropriate to comment at this time.

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The Rookie's studio says it already has an ongoing investigation into Afton Williamson's racism and sexual misconduct allegations

“We take claims of this nature very seriously,” said a spokesperson for studio eOne, in response to Williamson's Instagram post detailing allegations of racism and sexual harassment that she said were not taken seriously. “We have initiated an independent investigation which is ongoing and as such, it would not be appropriate to comment at this time.” ABC Studios also released a statement, saying that eOne in late June “made us aware and informed us that they launched an investigation that is ongoing. ABC Studios added: “The safety of working environments is a top priority for us, and we take this matter very seriously.”

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Afton Williamson Blind Item: Who is the recurring guest star? "I will not be returning for Season 2 of The Rookie. I owe it to you my amazing fans to share the Truth. Throughout the filming of the pilot, I experienced Racial Discrimination/Racially Charged inappropriate comments from the hair department and bullying from Executive Producers. During the Season, it continued along with Sexual Harassment from a recurring guest star and the racist commentary & bullying from the Hair Dept Head escalated into Sexual Assault at our Wrap party. The Sexual Harassment though reported directly to the Showrunner/EP remained undocumented and was not reported to HR as promised." "The Hair Dept. Head was fired ONLY after the sexual assault and NOT for an entire year of outward racism/racially charged language and bullying behavior in and out of the Hair and Makeup trailer. HR protocol was never adhered to following the above reports given by me to my Showrunner/EP and an investigation was never issued for any of my claims." "The only time I was asked to participate in an investigation was after a meeting I called in June following our Season 2 announcement. This meeting included the Showrunner and two other producers as well as my agent and SAG-AFTRA Union Rep. It was clear to all present in the meeting that the Showrunner had not shared my reports with the any of the producers. After my initial report of sexual harassment, I was assured that the actor would be fired. I was also asked to film with him the very next day as a courtesy to the script, even though we had not begun filming the episode yet. This actor reappeared on our call sheet at the end of the season, I was even written in scenes with him." "I asked the Showrunner about this and he admitted to me that the actor had not been fired nor had he gotten HR involved. I was asked to return this season, and promised that ‘everything was handled.’ The investigation hadn’t even begun and Season 2 had already started filming." (‘The Rookie’ Star Afton Williamson Claims Discrimination, Sexual Harassment and Assault Led to Series Exit) (Hair Dept. Head: Sallie Ciganovich) (Executive Producers: Alexi Hawley, Nathan Fillion, Mark Gordon, Nicholas Pepper, Michelle Chapman, Jon Steinberg, Liz Friedlander, Bill Norcross/Showrunner: Alexi Hawley)

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Afton Williamson Names Actor She Alleges Sexually Harassed Her
by Anita Bennett
August 5, 2019



Afton Williamson is offering more details on her exit from ABC cop drama "The Rookie".

In a Monday evening Instagram post, the actress thanked her fans and friends for their support, and she reiterated her claim that she quit the series because of “sexual harassment” and “racial discrimination.” In this latest post Williamson also named the two people she accuses of harassment and discrimination.




She says she was sexually harassed by co-star Demetrius Grosse, who played detective Kevin Wolfe on the series, and also “racially bullied and discriminated against and sexually assaulted” by hair department head Sally Nicole Ciganovich.

Deadline has not independently verified Williamson’s claims.

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How The Rookie plans to write off Afton Williamson's character

Williamson, who portrayed the training officer of Nathan Fillion's title character, rookie Officer John Nolan, quit the ABC drama amid allegations of sexual and racial misconduct. According to showrunner Alexi Hawley, Williamson's character transfers to a federal agency in what he calls an "organic" exit. He adds that the title character suddenly losing his original TO “gives us an opportunity to throw other obstacles in Nolan’s way.”
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