Actress Won't Be Returning to Her Lead TV Role

Afton Williamson says she left The Rookie because of 'racial discrimination' and 'bullying'

Actress Won't Be Returning to Her Lead TV Role

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke said Monday she is withholding judgment on the fate of "The Rookie" pending an investigation into co-star Afton Williamson's claim that she endured sexual misconduct and racism during the show's production.

In a lengthy Instagram post, Afton announced she was leaving the show and went into details of what she claims was behind her decision.

Afton Williamson is not planning on coming back to The Rookie for season 2 and she took to social media to tell her fans the reason why! "I owe it to you my wonderful 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. In a message posted to Instagram on August 4, 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 an unnamed recurring guest star. 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.

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 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".

The magazine added that it was unclear if the investigation was opened before or after Williamson left the show.

Williamson concluded her post by writing, "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". She wrote that she shared her account with the showrunner of "The Rookie".

The actress claims she was sexually harassed by a recurring guest star she does not name.

She says that, while she was assured the actor who assaulted her would be fired, she was also required to film alongside him the very next day. But when "this actor reappeared on our call sheet at the end of the season, I was even written in scenes with him".

An investigation had not been launched by the time filming of season two of "The Rookie" had begun, which is why Williamson said she chose to quit the show. "I turned it down, and I walked", she explained.

The cop drama has started filming its second season, and its first hit Aussie screens on Channel 7 last night.

Burke said an outside firm hired by Entertainment One is investigating Williamson's allegations and would not give further comment on the matter. We have initiated an independent investigation which is ongoing and as such, it would not be appropriate to comment at this time, ' eOne said in a statement of its own late Sunday afternoon.

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