Afton Williamson Quits ‘The Rookie’ After Alleged Sexual Harassment And Bullying


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She continues, "the racist commentary & bullying from the Hair Dept".

ABC Studios responded later Sunday with a statement, largely referring to its production partners, Entertainment One.

"I'm going to, I'm sure, be quite frustrating to you today because I don't have a lot of answers".

"I learned, alongside my colleagues, at the end of June that there were allegations and that an investigation had been launched by eOne and I'm waiting for the results of that investigation, just as you are, to get more answers".

Burke added that the third-party investigation will offer "results that are independent and trustworthy" that "will guide us how to handle similar situations in the future".

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Williamson claims she reported the harassment to an executive producer but it "remained undocumented and was not reported to HR (Human Resources) as promised".

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

ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke is reserving judgment on sexual harassment and racial discrimination allegations that prompted actress Afton Williamson to quit the network's drama series "The Rookie".

Williamson brought the allegations to light in an Instagram post published early Sunday morning.

"We have initiated an independent investigation which is ongoing and as such, it would be inappropriate to comment at this time", the production company said.

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"The Hair Dept. Head 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", Williamson wrote. "Head 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".

Williamson said she finally stormed off the set and quit after she allegedly endured racism and sexual misconduct that went ignored by top brass. Williamson said she filed reports on the incidents but they weren't seriously investigated by the network or shared by Hawley with other producers. The only time I was asked to participate in an investigation was after a meeting I called in June following our Season 2 announcement.

EW has reached out to a representative for Hawley for comment.

Sources told The Hollywood Reporter that Entertainment One, the lead studio of "The Rookie", had launched an ongoing investigation into Williamson's claims, although it remains unclear if that was before or after her departure.

"The Rookie", which follows a man in his 40s at the Los Angeles Police Department, was picked up straight to series and renewed for a second season, according to the magazine.

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