"After my initial report of sexual harassment, I was assured that the actor would be fired", said Williamson of the guest star. However, Williamson confirmed that after the alleged assault, the hair department worker was sacked.
In a lengthy caption, the actress said in part that 'I owe it to my wonderful fans to share the Truth.
"I experienced Racial Discrimination/Racially Charged inappropriate comments from the hair department and bullying from Executive Producers".
For those who haven't seen, the dramedy is all about what happens when a 40-year-old (played by Nathan Fillion) decides to start over and become a rookie cop. "Head escalated into Sexual Assault at our Wrap party". The Sexual Harassment though reported directly to the Showrunner/EP [Alexi Hawley] remained undocumented and wasn't reported to HR as promised'. She also stated that the head of the hair department was only fired after she reported the sexual assault "and NOT [sic] for an entire year of outward racism/racially charged language and bullying behavior in and out of the Hair and Makeup trailer".
The actress continued to reveal the proper HR protocol was never followed after she continuously complained. EW has not been able to independently confirm her allegations. Williamson said she filed reports on the incidents to Hawley, but they weren't seriously investigated by the network or shared by Hawley with other producers.
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Those conclusions "will guide us how to handle similar situations in the future", Burke added when asked about a possible communications breakdown, as Williamson alleges the series' showrunner had not acted on her complaints about racial discrimination and sexual harassment. However, at the start of the season, the guest star was back on set and in a scene with Williamson. She wrote that she asked the showrunner about that, and he admitted the actor had not been fired, nor had he gotten HR involved.
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. As a result, Williamson said, "I walked" rather than return to the role.
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ABC told Page Six that in late June, Entertainment One - the production company behind the ABC series - made the network aware of the allegations and "informed us that they launched an investigation that is ongoing".
Both ABC Studios and eOne, the show's co-producing partner, have come out with statements confirming that they are now investigating Williamson's claims. "The safety of working environments is a top priority for us, and we take this matter very seriously".