Η ηθοποιός Afton Williamson που υποδύεται την Talia Bishop στην αστυνομική σειρά του ABC, The Rookie, δήλωσε μέσω instagram ότι δεν θα επιστρέψει στη δεύτερη σεζόν.

Στο μακροσκελές κείμενο της δημοσίευσης, η Williamson αναφέρει ότι κατά τη διάρκεια των γυρισμάτων υπέστη σεξουαλική παρενόχληση και ανάρμοστα σχόλια, κατονομάζοντας τον ηθοποιό Demetrius Grosse αλλά και ρατσισμό και ανελέητο bullying από τους εκτελεστικούς παραγωγούς και τους ανθρώπους που επιμελούνταν την εμφάνισή της.

Η Williamson αν και έκανε αρκετές αναφορές, ζητώντας παράλληλα την απόλυση του Grosse, διαπίστωσε ότι ο showrunner ουδέποτε μετέφερε την κατάσταση στους υπεύθυνους του δικτύου. Της ζήτησαν να επιστρέψει στη δεύτερη σεζόν, καθησυχάζοντας ότι τα πράγματα έχουν τακτοποιηθεί, αλλά εκείνη αποφάσισε να κοινοποιήσει δημόσια την ιστορία της.

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I will not be returning for Season 2 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. During the Season, it continued along with Sexual Harassment from a recurring guest star,Demetrius Grosse,and the racist commentary & bullying from the Hair Dept.Head, Sally Ciganovich escalated into Sexual Assault at our Wrap party.The Sexual Harassment though reported directly to the Showrunner/EP remained undocumented and was not reported to HR as promised.Ciganovich was fired ONLY after the sexual assault and NOT for an entire year of outward racism/racially charged language and bullying behavior in and out of the Hair and Makeup trailer. HR protocol was never adhered to following the above reports given by me to my Showrunner/EP and an investigation was never issued for any of my claims. The only time I was asked to participate in an investigation was after a meeting I called in June following our Season 2 announcement. This meeting included the Showrunner and two other producers as well as my agent and SAG-AFTRA Union Rep. It was clear to all present in the meeting that the Showrunner had not shared my reports with the any of the producers. After my initial report of sexual harassment, I was assured that Grosse would be fired. I was also asked to film with him the very next day as a courtesy to the script, even though we had not begun filming the episode yet. Grosse reappeared on our call sheet at the end of the season, I was even written in scenes with him. I asked the Showrunner about this and he admitted to me that the Grosse had not been fired nor had he gotten HR involved. I was asked to return this season, and promised that “everything was handled.” The investigation hadn’t even begun and Season 2 had already started filming. I turned it down and I walked. Now is the best time in the world to be a woman and I have a platform so it’s time to use my Voice. Strength comes from within. It comes from Above. “Greater is He that is within Me than he that is in the world” ❤️🙏🏽

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Η υπόθεση έχει πάρει πολύ σοβαρή τροπή με το ABC να ανακοινώνει ότι έχει ξεκινήσει έρευνα, δηλώνοντας ότι το ασφαλές περιβάλλον των ηθοποιών ήταν και θα είναι πάντα το βασικότερο μέλημά τους.

Στα social media, η ανάρτηση της Williamson έχει συγκεντρώσει εκατοντάδες σχόλια με τον κόσμο να τη στηρίζει. Η ηθοποιός ανέβασε ένα νέο μήνυμα, στο οποίο ευχαριστεί όλους τους φαν και τους ανθρώπους που τη στηρίζουν και παρακινεί τον κόσμο που έχει βιώσει παρόμοιες εμπειρίες να βγει και να μιλήσει.

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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❤️👊🏾🙏🏾

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