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‘The Rookie’ Star Afton Williamson Quits Show Over Sexual Harassment And Racial Discrimination Claims

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Actress Afton Williamson announced Sunday that she would not be returning to star in the ABC show “The Rookie.”

Williamson cited sexual harassment and racial discrimination during the first season of filming as reasons she had for leaving, according to a report published Sunday by Fox News.

“The Rookie” star made the announcement with a post on Instagram.

“I will not be returning for Season 2 of The Rookie. I owe it to you my amazing fans to share the Truth,” she captioned the photo.

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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. I turned it down and I walked. Now is the best time in the world to be a woman and I have a platform so it’s time to use my Voice. Strength comes from within. It comes from Above. “Greater is He that is within Me than he that is in the world” ❤️????????

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Williamson claimed that she endured “racially charged inappropriate comments” from the hair department and that she experienced “bullying” from producers. She claimed she was sexually harassed by a recurring guest star throughout the season.

After enduring racial comments by the head of the hair department, Williamson alleged she was sexually assaulted by the head at the season wrap party. (RELATED: ‘Gossip Girl’ Set To Return To Television On New Streaming Service)

“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,” Williamson wrote.  “The only time I was asked to participate in an investigation was after a meeting I called in June following our Season 2 announcement.”

Williamson claimed she was asked to return to filming for season 2 but she turned it down.

“Now is the best time in the world to be a woman and I have a platform so it’s time to use my Voice.”