According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, Entertainment One, the production studio responsible for The Rookie on the network, ABC, has finished conducting their investigation. Afton Williamson filed a complaint against the production regarding alleged behavior from other workers.
As it was previously reported, Williamson said she wouldn’t be coming back to the production back in July. Near the beginning of August, Williamson said she was the recipient of “racially charged inappropriate comments” from the people in the hair department.
Moreover, Williamson claimed one of the actors on the set, Demetrius Grosse, had sexually harassed her. Regardless, the investigators presiding over the case claim there was no misbehavior on the part of anybody on set.
Afton previously said she had told the showrunner of the series, Alexi Hawley, about the incident, however, she never actually spoke to anyone at human resources. The star previously stated she had been sexually assaulted at the season one finale’s after-party.
On her Instagram, Williamson said she was sexually harassed by Demetrius Groose, and also claims she was bullied and assaulted by the Hair Department Head, Sally Nicole Ciganovich.
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To my Fans, my Friends, my Supporters: I want to Thank EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU. I am so beyond overwhelmed by the outpouring of love, kind words, scriptures, strength filled quotes and devout support that has come my way. One Instagram post is just like those 2 fish and 5 loaves of Bread. The rippling effect it has had in just a few hours shows how much this world is aching with victims of racism, discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual abuse all of it. I am no stranger to all of the above even before this experience. But it is through this experience and my platform that God pushed me to use the power within me. It just takes a VOICE. I never imagined so many of us have experienced these horrible circumstances and that can NO LONGER GO UNHEARD. We have a voice. ALL OF US. It is our DUTY to use it. I used to fear the word Victim. I scoffed at it because all I was told when these injustices happened to me, was to Survive. Survivor I am. Victim I am also. A victim of injustice. A victim of assault. A victim of abuse and harassment. If you have experienced any of the above, you are too and I for one stand with you and I’m no longer afraid to be vocal about it. We Can Stand Together. Let’s Change This Sickness. That Change starts with US. This season on The Rookie, I was sexually harassed by fellow actor Demetrius Grosse. I was Racially Bullied and Discriminated against and Sexually Assaulted by Hair Department Head Sally Nicole Ciganovich. Let’s BE the CHANGE we WANT to SEE❤️👊🏾🙏🏾
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Entertainment One claims they hired a law-firm who then hired a third-party organization, EXTTI, to do the investigating. After conducting approximately 400 hours of interviews and looking thoroughly at the evidence, EXTTI alleged that nothing unlawful or inappropriate took place.
ABC, the network, released a statement as well in which they stated they were pleased with the conclusion of the investigation. “We are confident that eOne takes these matters seriously,” ABC’s statement began, adding that they will continue to deal with complaints and other grievances.
Afton Williamson’s case against eOne and ABC is just one of many allegations to come out since the beginning of the #MeToo movement in late 2017. Another star to face an investigation was Kip Pardue, although, he was found guilty by the investigating authorities and was fined.