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The Rookie star Afton Williamson quits over racism, sexual assault

The Rookie star Afton Williamson quits over racism, sexual assault”

After the actress revealed that she's made a decision to leave the show ahead of its second season, alleging that she was the victim of racial discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment, she returned with a new post on Monday in which she accused one of her fellow The Rookie actors, by name, of sexual harassment.

In the post, she outlined a series of claims against the show, including an accusation that she was sexually assaulted by the show's hair department head.

According to Williamson, the head of the hair department was sacked "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".

Alexi Hawley has not responded to the allegations at this point, and it's unlikely he will say anything while the claims are being investigated.

ABC and eOne, which co-produce The Rookie, both released statements Sunday night saying that they had "initiated an independent investigation" into the matter.

Speaking at the network's Television Critics Association summer press tour, Burke said that she is "waiting for the result of the investigation" and as of yet "doesn't have many answers" as to what occurred and what the results of that investigation will be.

The allegations that Williamson presents in her statement are heinous, and not just because of them alone - it's also the apparent pattern of avoidance from those higher up at the show who chose inaction rather than action.

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One person who made sure to show their support for Afton was Angela Bassett who wrote to her, "I'm SO proud of you and stand COMPLETELY in support of you".

The Allman Betts Band has canceled a local show. "The Sexual Harassment though reported directly to the Showrunner/EP remained undocumented and was not reported to HR as promised.Ciganovich was sacked 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". "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". ET has reached out for comment.

Williamson played training officer Talia Bishop in The Rookie, opposite Nathan Fillion's John Nolan.

"The Rookie" actress Afton Williamson's dream of becoming a Hollywood starlet on a major TV show degenerated into a nightmare on the set of the drama series. Head (that) escalated into Sexual Assault at our Wrap party.

"The investigation hadn't even begun and Season 2 had already started filming", she wrote on Sunday. "I turned it down, and I walked", she explained.

"The safety of working environments is a top priority for us, and we take this matter very seriously", ABC added.

It's unclear how Williamson's exit will be addressed on season two of The Rookie, however Harold Perrineau will reportedly be joining the series as a male detective for the show's upcoming second season. Representatives for Hawley were not immediately available for comment.



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