Afton Williamson, "The Rookie" actress, publicly named a guest star and members of the crew whom she claims sexually harassed her on the set. Williamson, 34, abruptly quit the show last week.

Williamson explained her departure in a lengthy post on Instagram.com over the weekend. But there were rumors that ABC bosses secretly expressed their doubts about her story.

Williamson played LAPD training officer Talia Bishop opposite star and executive producer Nathan Fillion, who plays a 40-something police trainee.

In a follow-up Instagram post on Monday, Aug. 6, Williamson thanked her followers for their support and she named names.

"I was racially bullied and discriminated against and sexually assaulted by hair department head (Sallie) Nicole Ciganovich," Williamson wrote in the post.

Williamson accused Ciganovich of making "racially charged inappropriate comments," as well as bullying that "escalated into sexual assault at our wrap party."

Ciganovich was reportedly let go after the alleged incident at the wrap party.

The actress also named fellow actor Demetrius Grosse as the recurring guest star who sexually harassed her on the set.

She accused a number of executive producers of "bullying" and "harassing" her on the set.

"Throughout the filming of the pilot, I experienced racial discrimination/racially charged inappropriate comments from the hair department and bullying from executive producers," she wrote. "During the season, it continued along with sexual harassment from a recurring guest star and the racist commentary & bullying from the hair dept. head escalated into sexual assault at our wrap party."

She accused Showrunner/EP Alexi Hawley of not passing on her complaints to Human Resources.

"The sexual harassment though reported directly to the Showrunner/EP remained undocumented and was not reported to HR as promised," she said. "The hair dept. head 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."

ABC entertainment president Karey Burke told reporters Monday at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour that she's "frustrated" and she had no answers for the actress's claims. She said she learned of the allegations at the end of June and, as far as she knows, that's when the investigation into Williamson's allegations began.

"I am frustrated, I don't have a lot of answers; I wish I had more," Burke told reporters, according to Deadline. "As soon as we learn more, we will make determination based on what's found."

Burke added that she hoped an independent investigation by 'Rookie' producer Entertainment One (eOne) would provide answers and guidance on "how to handle similar situations in the future."

Photos by WENN.com

  • Guest

    She complained. They did nothing. Now they face the consequences. I just hope they don't blackball her.

  • RICHIE_RICH

    SMH ?????.... I hope she doesn’t get blackballed

  • KcoolMuziq

    This will ruin Grosse's marriage.

    R.I.P. Author Toni Morrison

  • KarmaBackAround

    Lawdddd that Y'T woman up n there harassing her like Ronnie did Ebony ????

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Well, that escalated quickly. If this really happened like she says, hopefully she sues them and collects a big settlement, because blacklisting is a real thing. Her acting career might be over now.

  • Carrington

    Never heard of her or the show but, I will say this - she doesn't have the traditional Hollywood marketable "look". It's not about skin tone or anything, she just looks like a regular sister who might work at Ross.

    Nothing "stand out" about her and, because they tend to have a "type" in terms of black women in Hollywood, I have a concern that she's not really that marketable.

    That said, I find it hard to believe that a regular sister would quit the job of a lifetime when the odds of her having a huge career in Hollywood aren't that great, if those allegations didn't have some truth to them.

    I believe her so far.

    On another note: If she can roll her neck in a circle real real hard, buck her eyes and, look over her glasses and say, "I KNOW you not talkin' to me!" she can probably get another role if they ever do Judge Maybellene's life story.

  • Ghetto Real Name

    Waits for the Toni Morrison post. Im hurt hurt hurt this morning

  • Li-Wright

    She sounds like a whiner. I would like to see the video tape (you know they got it) or hear the audio tape of all these people. I kinda think they wanted to get rid of her. She also fired her manager - WTH? How long has she been acting? I went to IMDB to see what she did. She's done a lot of TV work (not film), goes back to 2010. I never heard of her. Probably a lot of "walk-on" work.

  • Li-Wright

    I find it hard too that she would quit. She's practically accusing 1/2 her cast and staff members of bullying her. That's why I would like to see video, hear audio, or see if someone witnessed it.

  • hottlanta

    Betta say it. Lilhots been texting me all morning. Sad

  • Li-Wright

    She also fired her managers. Not a pleasant situation for her.

  • Li-Wright

    88 years old. That's a good age. Hope I live that long.

  • Hot World

    How so?

  • C Mack

    That’s what I pictured too smh

    Ronnie was pushing up on Diamond though lol not Ebony

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Yeah, part of me is a little skeptical too. I never want to downplay somebody's claims when it comes to sexual harrasment, but it's not always clear-cut. A lot of times it comes down to perception. I remember I heard one woman say "If the guy is cute, then he's flirting.. if he's not cute, it's sexual harassment." ?

  • MsSapphire9800

    She was racially bullied, discriminated against and sexually assaulted by a woman??? Not saying it is not true....so did everyone bully..discriminated and sexually assualted her...why not call the police. We are living in a time whereas all you have to do it say it and the person is fire.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    L0l@ she can probably get another role if they ever do Judge Maybellene's life story!
    I didn't wanna laugh, but I did.

  • Phillybruh

    If people were fired behind it, then there is merit to what she is saying. She was actually the best part of the show. This reminds me of what they did to the actress on sleepy Hollow on Fox a few years ago.

  • Hot World

    Loser

  • http://realitytea.com Lady Chatterley’s Lover

    Just saw that, She is one of my favorite author. Planning to go see the documentary of her life this week.

  • Hot World

    I’ve received her books as gifts. Bought her books. Never got through a whole one. I think I’ll do that this weekend in honor. Godspeed.

  • http://realitytea.com Lady Chatterley’s Lover

    Time to read Song of Solomon again. So thrilled when President Obama said it was one of his favorite books. Great minds...

  • Hot World

    Of course there were witnesses. Didn’t you read that one accused got fired at the wrap party for sexually assaulting her? That means that the person had been doing it so long they were emboldened to do it in front of others! Seems like they HAD to fire her then because there were witnesses! I have worked in this industry and if you let suckas get away with being rude or sexually harassing you it only escalates! And there IS a pile on effect. Just what dumb humans do to fit in!!

  • KLove

    My jury is still out on this one....Not saying that she is lying, but i need the facts....i hope this isnt Jussie 2.0 in the making...making accusations trying to boost her profile and it ends up backfiring

  • Hot World

    Why would she need to do that? Who targets a hair stylist??? She could’ve gotten her own.

  • MsSapphire9800

    Not totally true...many of these companies are following others...get rid of the person first so there is no backlash...and then investigate. ("As soon as we learn more, we will make determination based on what's found.")

  • Phillybruh

    Ehhh coming from someone in HR when you fire someone using that logic you set your company up for a major loss in court. They had merit to fire these people, they already know what happened. They just didn't count on her leaving.

  • Blak

    Ok, definitely not believing this one. I have been a victim of sexual harassment, bullying and discrimination many of times in the work place and THIS isn't it. This to me is a Smollet

  • CardiB’sAbs

    She played in that Netflix movie “Otherhood”. I think it was supposed to come out around Mother’s Day but was pushed back a few months because one of the actresses was involved in that college entrance scandal. I didn’t care for the movie-the cast lacked chemistry.

  • Dontgetdraggedhoe??

    I was told by my boss once that no females is allowed to work alone with a list of dudes. There were 10 names mostly actors and a few rappers and this ninja grosse was on it. They never told us why, just use the buddy system if you ever have to deal with those individuals. Im a btch by nature so men know to back tf up quickly but i pray im never faces with sexual assault because ill kill that mf. No lies. I carry on my body and it’d be two to the dome. The end.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Dammit! It was a black actor harassing her? Huhhhhh.

    I liked her character (and his) on the show. I want this to get the same media attention that white women get when they make these claims. Or maybe she's 20 years too early...

  • MsSapphire9800

    Well..since you are in HR...why none of these people who are accusing others of sexual harassment and assualt never go to the Police. Also is there a clear cut memo on what is sexual harassment? Becuase I have seen a person file sexual harassment on a person for saying "that dress fit you nice where did you buy it."

  • Blaque Mahogany

    What kind of work do you do?

  • KLove

    Who knows why people do what they do....I just like to know all the facts before I rush to judgement..just like someone else commented, we are living in a time where folks are getting fired behind mere conjecture and innuendo

  • Dontgetdraggedhoe??

    Public relations and marketing. Making the celebs we work for look good no matter what. Though our ceo is a woman so theres only so much she’d want her firm to clean up. For example she famously refused to represent fists brown back in the day.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Miss Sandy, could you do a posting about the handcuffed Black man from TX who was lead around town by police with a rope?

    Donald Neely, 43, was being transported by Officer Patrick Brosch and Officer A. Smith from 306 22nd St to the Mounted Patrol Unit on 21st and Market
    Police clarified that while it may appear Neely's wrists were tied with rope during the trespassing arrest, he was handcuffed and the line was attached to the cuffs
    Neely's sister-in-law Christin Neely said in a Facebook post on Monday that her brother is a 'homeless and mentally ill' father of eight

  • Hot World

    Fact is, one of the accused had to outright do it in the public for heads to roll after she’d complained a whole season. I don’t understand if she were lying, how that happened.

  • Dontgetdraggedhoe??

    They absolutely will blackball her. There’s a literal group of blackballed actresses who didnt smile and take it.

  • tintin

    oh no.... i love Demetrius Grosse

  • Dontgetdraggedhoe??

    Facts.
    I work in the industry and i have a reputation as an ice queen. I love it!

  • Phillybruh

    If its work place sexual harassment then it needs to be handled in the workplace. If the harassment becomes assault then it should be reported to police. That dress fit you nice coming from a man is harassment, where did you buy it was only added to clean it up., why does he care where she got it. She reported this to her chain of command.

  • Marlika

    I never heard of this chick or seen her work.

    Why does everything have to be posted on social media? First thing I’m doing is securing a high powered attorney and getting a good Publicist, not write a whole thesis on IG.?????

  • interestingconcept1

    I agree. I watched it this weekend-blah.

  • Karen Brady

    Was she the chick who molested Antoine Fisher? Remember when the so called rule was black women shouldn't or are not supposed to wear blue eyeshadow? Bunk that. Looks good on her. That's all I got for this post.

  • MsSapphire9800

    Well actually it came from a female and the dress was a maxi dress...she explained she liked the flow of the dress and wanted to purchase one similar to it for her anniversary party. And the woman is straight with 3 children and a husband. I think if we all had not heard what was said before and after...she would had been fired.

  • Phillybruh

    I guess the other women didn't see it that way. Do the women have history in the department, do they even get a long to where that would be considered a compliment.

  • interestingconcept1

    Our skin looks so good in navy/blues. Im proud of her. Especially that Head of hair dept.?

  • Renee26

    The hair stylist continuously cutting her bangs too short is a crime in itself

  • Renee26

    ?????

  • MsSapphire9800

    No history...we all use to compliment and share. I never understood why she did it..but she left 3 months later because no one would say anything to her or wanted to be alone with her.

  • Nik

    Harassment is considered a workplace issue, so there's protocol. If there is an actual assault, then that is when law enforcement gets involved.

  • Renee26

    Yup, many companies got through a whole legal review before terminating someone

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Ikr! I hope his family sues on his behalf and he gets PAID!

  • Cannelle

    For example she famously refused to represent fists brown back in the day.

    Sounds smart. One meeting with him, and I guess it was obvious. To quote another well loved author: "When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time."

  • Phillybruh

    They will move you 50x before they finally fire you.

  • KarmaBackAround

    ?? i need to re watch the movie..its been yearssss but that was the best analogy i could think for this situation

  • Cannelle

    Galveston, huh? Used to live there, so not surprised one bit.

  • Renee26

    Reads last paragraph then takes of belt ??? https://media1.giphy.com/media/xThuW7GQVCbkYXbNwA/giphy.gif

  • Renee26

    Absolutely... This is not the slavery era. That mf parading him around for show

  • Li-Wright

    I didn't read anything about witnesses. And as for her hair -- she can hire her own damn hair stylist. She doesn't have to use the studio hair stylist.

  • Panther Charleston

    She's a pretty lady. I hope justice prevails.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    The Black police chief has apologized for his wyte officers. GeeGollyWoW! I guess that makes it all better now. They should be fired.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Many do. And some get scared and just fire you, rightly or wrongly, because they're afraid of getting sued.

  • NaeNae2015

    Good for her for standing up for herself!! Sadly, from what I have heard about "Hollywierd", this may be the end of her career.

  • Dr. P

    No her name is Yolanda Ross I think

  • Karen Brady

    Thanks!

  • CardiB’sAbs

    Yeah. I enjoyed “Wine Country” a lot better.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Yeah that's a lot of years. But I've seen my older relatives and how their body broke down as they get older and their quality of life declined. I think I'd be ready to check out at maybe 85, max.

  • Renee26

    Yup or they make you so uncomfortable that you quit

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs
  • Vegas1989

    She should have taking my approach on this sexual harassment stuff. She should have King Leonidas people a$$ and shouted, "This is Sparta!" and I bet you my check that she would have gotten ERRRYBODY attention....LOL....When I was approach by this white man to go on a date. I told him that he was about to get fired, and go home to his wife with swollen balls and no job......LOL...He ran so quick and my co-workers busted out laughing..I was going to kick his balls off....LOL

  • Alextra Ballard

    This is disgusting that she had to work under theses conditions. I am glad she’s naming names

  • lovelygamour

    is she serious?!?!?! how does a named cast member let someone from the hair department bully them. yeah, sally was over the hair dept for some reality shows but come on. unless she is married to SOMEONE i wouldve gotten her fired. i wouldve went to my union and gotten her fired. the end. its not like this woman was a celebrity hairstylist.

    is she serious?!?! how does a named cast member let a recurring jobber working actor harrass them. yeah, he has had some good characters but come on. unless he is married or friends with someone i wouldve went to the union and had my scenes cut with him. he was a guest star. come on.

    I kinda hope that this is serious. cause if its not then people will be hesitant to cast her. even, if she is a good actress people may still not want to cast her because.. come on. hopeful, she is a great actress and has work lined up. cause it looks like she just didnt want to be on this tv show anymore.

    after reading everything i understand why production didnt act sooner. yeah, they shouldve fired the hairdresser but ms williamson shouldve paid for her own hairdresser and told production to reimburse her.

    its hard to get bullied by hair and makeup in acting. sure they can make snide remarks but if they make you look bad then you can get them fired. now, modeling is different. sure you can do your own makeup but if you have a lot of shows you are at the hairmakeup department mercy.

  • lovelygamour

    instead of quitting she shouldve hired her own hairdresser, which
    wouldve gotten the other lady fired. one reason why i dont believe this
    story. the hairdresser didnt do a good job for a tv show which makes her
    easily disposable. previously she was head of |so you think you can
    dance and a few little movies. no really great hair. the dancers
    wouldve told her what to do. so this hairdresser has no clout. lol.

  • Renee26

    LMAO kick his balls off

  • StoneColdLady

    Bullied? ...ok

  • Renee26

    I think the hair dressor won an Emmy or something... Plus she probably does yt hair well and her yt privilege was on her side as well.

    Since names have been named we shall see how it all unfolds. They will try to tell their version of events

  • lovelygamour

    she probably did it as a form of protection because people think this is made up. but instead of instagram i wouldve tried to get abc to hire me for another show as a make-up gift and had that hairdresser banned.

    its not like she is complaining about anyone critical to the show. production probably just decided to let it roll because a guest star and hair really cant effect that much change. yet, she left her first real star making gig because of temporary people.

  • lovelygamour

    i read some of the story but i want the officer to explain. because he was on a horse. so was he simply walking the man to the station or did he parade him around. i have seen this exact same scene but the cop just walked the man to a police car. lol.

  • lovelygamour

    its tough to compare because the actor was just a guest star and he isnt a celebrity or above her. she was actually above him. so this could be seen as him just trying to flirt with her for more screen time. the key will be what he did exactly and what production did. cause he was just a guest star and they couldve recast him next season. even if he did nothing wrong.

  • lovelygamour

    smollet or she took little slights and built them up. cause she couldve gotten the hairdresser and the guest star fired. she was above them in ranking.

  • Bree

    This is sad. Adults acting as children irks me. I'm glad she wasn't afraid to name names. You can't let giants continue to hurt and harm people. I tell people for every Goliath, there is a David!

  • ClaireHuxtable

    They could have waited for a police transport. It's not like he just sh0t 22 people and they had to remove him from the scene fast.

  • AveIvy

    Finished.

  • AveIvy

    Calling an attorney is the first thing I'm doing and I would never go to social media. Posting to social media makes it appear more like a personal vendetta. Let a high powered attorney do the talking for you and after you win your case, speak loudly and don't stop talking.

  • TheOwley

    This is the way it should be done, exposed the worms out. Unfortunately it also means she may not work again in Hollywood. This is why actors stay quiet and take the nonsense, they want to work / fame/ fortune. Your worth and self respect should mean more.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Judges frown on plaintiffs trying their cases in the court of public opinion.

  • AveIvy

    Those cops looked like to slave catchers bringing back a runaway. They knew exactly what they were doing and why they were projecting that kind of imagery. Personally, it was repulsive to see.

  • AveIvy

    That's exactly what they should have done, called a car and placed him in the backseat. They paraded him around on a rope for a reason and I bet when those two officers returned to the station, they were congratulated with cheers and pats on the back.

  • AveIvy

    They should be fired for making that decision but they won't, because what they did was within their policy and procedures. Now it's up the the black police chief to change those policies. Let's see if his ass has the guts.

  • s e l i n a k y l e.

    I just want to say that Nathan Fillion's face gets on my nerves & there's always been something I don't like about him.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Exactly! It was purposefully demeaning.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    He probably won't. He doesn't to have to find 2 officers to replace them.

    I'm surprised they didn't put it around his neck.

  • MistaO

    Sad state of affairs now, because females are automatically presumed to be telling the truth. Not so in many cases.

    Unbeknownst to me, I was being investigated by Corporate AND state investigators. When they finally got around to interviewing me and presented me the allegations, I asked to go to my car with the group, returned to the conference room and presented them with at least 7 handwritten notes and multiple text messages/ pics of the 3 broads that accused me of harassment.

    All had been directly propositioning me to hit it, multiple times they did and sent pics and all my texts were asking them to quit it. The female investigator said it seems like I was the one being harassed! I was like, ya think?

    What happened to the females? Absolutely nothing! The state walked away calling it unfounded and the company told ME I should have said something! But I'm a dude, chicks getting at me doesn't bother me one bit. I probably wouldn't say nothing today either. ...js females be lying left and right...?

  • Large Pro

    another intricate plot the b---- said I raped her-B.I.G.

  • interestingconcept1

    My goodness me too, like a poor man's Jason Bateman..And if I'm not mistaken he is the reason Stana left Castle.

  • starbright9449

    I don't think she's lying, why just up and quit a good show. Idk about y'all but I need my coins, I wouldn't go without a reason.

  • J2PC

    ..acting as children? Are you really trying to equate adults engaging in sexual harassment & assaulting others in hollyweird with their frat mentality for raping to how innocent children think & behave? smh

    Hollyweird are known for having a frat-like club where evil persists with deviant (criminal-minded) adults in the industry engage in casting-couch behavior. In order to get favors or contracts that had to accept being raped or sexually abused.

    The victims then become the bullies towards new employees to carry on a pledge with the cycle of sexually abusing/raping; disrespecting, humiliating or assaulting other human beings. -it's called playing the game.

  • starbright9449

    Whatever hair stylist she got would've had to been in a union. Its not easy to just bring your own personal stylist on set.

  • Bree

    My apologies. I was not referencing the sexual harassment. I should have referenced the bullying since that was the reason for my comment. Sorry for any misunderstanding

  • MSGREENMINUSTHEENVY

    She is not lying. Black women are some of the most disrespected on planet earth and sometimes it comes at the hands of the people of the same color and the ones who are melanin deficient. I believe her.

  • Marlika

    Exactly!!

  • AveIvy

    Indeed. It proves they're attempting to manipulate and who would need to manipulate the truth unless you're lying.

  • s e l i n a k y l e.

    He is! I remember seeing him on an episode of the Talking Dead & there's just...something about him I can't quite pinpoint. Something not genuine. He seems like an azz behind the scenes.

  • nyla00

    Unfortunate..
    Anybody have the tea on what really happened with AJ Calloway (formerly of BET) being terminated from EXTRA?

  • Dowoop

    Just like men. Humans will be humans.

  • Dowoop

    1. She may not have the funds some ppl do to bring their own personal stylists on set everyday.
    2. She is not the only person hair the stylist is working on so bringing in your own person does not mean the stylist gets fired.

  • MistaO

    How you know she's not lying? Was the broad who accused Bryan Banks telling the truth too? How about the countless females who make up stories and call the police on their Black husbands??????

  • dontgetblocked

    Her story is suspect!

  • http://www.pureromance.com LA

    As I watch Grace and Frankie on Netflix. I am in awe at these older women especially Jane Fonda.. Wow 81 portraying her character like that. I am amazed and wonder will I be like that at that age, lol..

  • Logan Roberts

    She is rocking that short cut.

  • MSGREENMINUSTHEENVY

    I'm sorry you had to deal with that. Women are just as rough towards their make counterparts as men are towards women. I hate that they even suggested your case wasn't taken seriously. That's sexual harassment through and through

  • Bashi22

    Beautiful chocolate ? sister hope she gets justice and more roles in Hollywierd

  • Jussjess25

    Why you say that don't get blocked? ?????

  • Jussjess25

    Facts !

  • dontgetblocked

    She's accusing black folks of racism and discrimination and then sexual assault. Sexual assault? I find that hard to believe especially since she had already complained about her hair stylist. I bet sexual assault was touching her shoulder. She seems like a troublemaker.

  • Rodmilla De Ghent

    lmmmmmmaaaaaaaaaaaaaooooooooooooooo

  • Rodmilla De Ghent

    she's very beautiful

  • MistaO

    Except men aren't making false allegations costing women their careers and possibly prison time, due to lies!!

  • BeUtFullSoul

    Something in regards to sexual misconduct.?????

  • Maxx

    I don't know the details so this is just my opinion, but I am not buying it. I just have a feeling that she is mentally unstable & these are not true accusations. May be true in her mind, but just not true by sexual harassment standards.

  • Jas

    No. She's just okay.

  • lovelygamour

    1.at the very very least she would be paid sag-atra scale pay. that would be enough to hire a day stylist. some people will do it for free just to get the press. her costar is a big deal.

    2. to have the main female lead using their own stylist would cut the pay of the set stylist. then it makes the set styist look bad that the lead felt the need to hire out. thats enought to get someone fired.

  • lovelygamour

    it depends on if the set is union or non-union. how a person gets into the union is working on a union set. plus, she can have initial done off set and then have touch ups done by other members of styling. that would still cut the pay of the head hairdresser.

    hairdressing is different because they dont have a scale pay. she couldve found someone. how many african american stylist looking for real tv work.

  • lovelygamour

    yeah but its not like they tied his body up with rope. when i was a kid the cops would parade around anyone that got caught doing a non-violent offense at this shopping plaza. so thats another reason why i am giving the cop the benefit of a doubt. however, if you have never seen this then a person first thought is humiliation. being lead around like we in the 1800s. lol. detroit, royal oak, and ferndale michigan has step up horse patrol so i guess we will be seeing more horse scenes.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Whut??! I'm so glad U told me where U are coz I need to stay way from up there!