Afton Williamson, a former cast member of The Rookie has responded to the findings of an independent investigation that revealed no misconduct in relation to her allegations of racial discrimination and sexual harassment on the set of the ABC series.
"What saddens me most is that the efforts made to deceive, lie and cover up the truth were far greater than those undertaken to provide a safe work environment for employees protect and maintain, "the actress wrote in a long Instagram post on Tuesday night.
Williamson's contribution appeared just hours after The rookie producer Entertainment One (eOne) had published her findings in her claims. As a result of the independent investigation, we came to the conclusion that in the allegations Ms Williamson did not behave unlawfully or have shown inappropriate behavior to work. "
Afton Williamson's allegations of sexual misconduct and racism are rejected by & # 39; rookie & # 39; producer eOne; According to sample no "inappropriate" behavior has occurred
"It was also concluded that the executive producers, including showrunner Alexi Hawley, have promptly and fairly and reasonably addressed matters they have been alerted to."
The investigation was "commissioned" The law firm Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP and the investigators EXTTI, eOne, added that the investigation involved "almost 400 hours of interviewing and reviewing evidence".
Williamson, however, disagreed with the results, saying that they found her "heartbreaking."
"It's heartbreaking for everyone on the set; Past and present. And for every actor out there exposed to harassment and discrimination, assault and injustice. As a black woman, artist, actress in 2019, "she wrote.
The actress called on Hollywood to better protect its workers.
"We have to do better as an industry. It's just talking until you actually do something, "she said.
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What saddens me most is that the efforts made to deceive, lie and hide the truth were far greater than those for protection and protection to maintain a safe working environment for employees. It's heartbreaking for everyone on the set. Past and present. And for every actor out there exposed to harassment and discrimination, assault and injustice. As a black woman, artist, actress in 2019. My speaking of the truth, advocating for myself and leaving an unsafe working environment have changed things for many people: black women, artists, actors, victims and survivors of injustice and discrimination; Giving hope and a promise that things will change; Things are changing. And that is not free. My prayer is that we reach a point in this industry where we do not just talk about it in 2-hour compulsory meetings. But we live up to the promises we have made to each set for each, and tirelessly fulfill their dreams with passion and dedication. To be the change, I want to see that I keep working so that casts and crews can finally see that the words are aligned with the action. We have to make it better as an industry. It's just talking until you actually do something. ❤️
Last month, Williamson published her allegations on social media and stated that she would not return The second season of the police drama because of problems on the set.
"I have experienced racial discrimination / inappropriate comments from the hair department and bullying from executive producers," she said in an Instagram post on August 4th. "During the season, it continued with the sexual harassment of a returning guest star."
After the post became viral, Williamson followed her with a second post in which the recurring guest actor as well as the head of the hair department she claimed were arrested for sexually assaulting her.
The Rookie plays former cast actor Nathan Fillion along with Alyssa Diaz, Richard T. Jones, Mercedes Mason, Melissa O'Neill and Eric Winter. The series was created by Alexi Hawley, who also serves as showrunner and executive producer.