“Rookie” Star Quits Over Bullying & Harassment

Rookie Star Quits Over Bullying Harassment

The other week came the news that actress Afton Williamson would not be returning for the second season of the ABC procedural drama “The Rookie”. Williamson played training officer Talia Bishop opposite Nathan Fillion’s title character, and was a major character and significant presence in the first season.

Now she has revealed in an Instagram post (her first since early May) that she quit her role after numerous complaints she made throughout the first season about racial bullying and sexual harassment went largely ignored. She alleges that starting with the pilot shoot in and throughout all of the first season, she “experienced racial discrimination/racially charged inappropriate comments from the hair department” along with sexual harassment from a recurring guest star.

In fact, she indicates the bullying from the hair department escalated into an alleged full-on sexual assault at the first season wrap party. In addition, and though reported directly to the showrunner/EP Alexi Hawley, the recurring guest star’s alleged sexual harassment apparently remained undocumented and was not reported to human resources as promised: “HR protocol was never adhered to following the above reports given by me to my showrunner/EP [Alexi Hawley]… and an investigation was never issued for any of my claims.”

In June she was told at a meeting that “everything was handled” but when the second season had already started filming and an investigation hadn’t even begun, she walked. “Lost” alum Harold Perrineau will play a new character who will take over her scenes. Fillion, Alyssa Diaz, Richard T. Jones, Titus Makin Jr., Melissa O’Neil and Eric Winter all set to return for the series which premieres its second season on September 29th.

Source: TV Line