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'Rookie' Star Afton Williamson NAMES The People She Accuses Of Sexual Harassment & Racism After Quitting

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"The Rookie" star Afton Williamson abruptly quit the show with claims of sexual harassment and racial discrimination. Now, she's naming the people she has accused. More inside...


Actress Afton Williamson took to Instagram to announce she will NOT be returning for the upcoming new season of ABC's cop drama, "The Rookie" because of being subjected to sexually harassment by a co-star, along with being bulled and racially discriminated against.

When she made the announcement, she kept the names of the alleged perpetrators quiet. Now, she's revealing who these people are.

In an Instagram post she put up Monday evening (August 5th), she first thanked her fans and friends for all their support following the news that she will not be reprising her role as Officer Talia Bishop.

In the new post, she writes in part:

"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."

She then goes on to name to people who harassed and bullied her. She claims recurring guest star Demetrius Grosse - who is married with kids - sexually harrased her and Hair Department Heat Sally Nicole Ciganovich racially bullied and assaulted her:

"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."

Neither of the accused have spoken up in response yet.

Read her full post below:

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A few days ago before all of this popped off, Grosse post up a picture of himself with his wife and their child. As you can imagine, his comments are in shambles following Afton's allegations:

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Following her Instagram post, Entertainment One - the production team behind the show - and ABC Studios issued separate statements. eOne confirmed "an independent investigation” has been launched.

During ABC’s TCA executive session Monday, the network’s entertainment president, Karey Burke, was asked to comment on Williamson’s bombshell allegations. Here's what she had to say about it:

“I am frustrated, I don’t have a lot of answers; I wish I had more,” Burke told reporters. “I heard at the end of June that there were allegations, and an investigation has been launched. We are waiting for answers… As soon as we learn more, we will make determination based on what’s found.”

Burke went on to express hope that the third-party investigation launched by eOne would produce “results that are independent and trustworthy.”

Those conclusions “will guide us how to handle similar situations in the future,” Burke added when asked about a possible communications breakdown, as Williamson alleged.


Props to Afton Williamson for having the courage to speak out. We hope justice is served.

Photos: Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock.com

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