California fans of “The Rookie” will not see one of its stars, Afton Williamson, return for the second season. She claims she was forced to endure racial discrimination and sexual harassment during the first season, and simply cannot return to the show. Feeling forced to leave a job due to these types of hostilities continues to be a common theme for women across the country.
According to Williamson, the head of the hair department was unabashedly racist and routinely bullied her and used racially charged language. According to her, additional bullying came from the highest levels of the production. She claims her complaints about this behavior were not investigated and reported as she was promised. The harassment allegedly reached the point where this individual sexually assaulted Williamson at a wrap party. She says that only after this incident was the individual’s employment terminated.
To make matters worse, she claims that an actor with a recurring role on the show sexually harassed her as well. Williamson says she was promised that the situation would be taken care of before the start of filming for the second season. Producers seemed unaware of the allegations when she met with them before the start of the second season. At this point, she declined to return to the show.
In an age where sexual harassment is an issue that everyone is concerned with, it may shock certain California residents that this behavior still occurs. On the other hand, numerous women may not be surprised by Williamson’s plight. Those women ought to know that they do not have to put up with this type of behavior. If the situation is not satisfactorily handled within the company, it may be possible to pursue other legal options.