Angela Bassett at the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards on the beach in Santa Monica, CA, March 1, 2014 (Shuttershock).
In a recent Instagram post, actor Afton Williamson announced she would not be returning to the second season 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,” Williamson wrote.
The actor said that throughout the show’s first season, she was sexually harassed by recurring guest star Demetrius Grosse and was subjected to racist commentary and bullying from hair department head Sallie Nicole Ciganovich. Williamson also claimed that Ciganovich sexually assaulted her at the wrap party.
Williamson said she reported the sexual harassment to the showrunner, but it was never documented or reported to human resources (HR) or the show’s producers.
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