"Rookie" star Afton Williamson abruptly quit the show last week over allegations of sexual harassment and racial discrimination against cast and crew. Williamson, 34, explained her decision in a lengthy Instagram post.

In her post she accused the head of the show's hair department of "Racial Discrimination/Racially Charged inappropriate comments." She also accused the show's executive producers of bullying her on set after she complained.

Additionally, Williamson accused showrunner Alexi Hawley of not passing on her complaints to human resources, and she claimed the head of the hair department was only fired after a "sexual assault incident" that occurred at the show's wrap party.

Williamson, who wears wigs on the show, had a series of run ins with the hair department staff.

The actress also accused an unidentified guest star of sexual harassment and said she was required to film scenes with him even after she filed complaints about his sexually aggressive behavior.

"After my initial report of sexual harassment, I was assured that the actor would be fired," she wrote. "This actor reappeared on our call sheet at the end of the season, I was even written in scenes with him."

Entertainment One was quick to issue a statement and promised to launch an investigation into the allegations. "The safety of working environments is a top priority for us, and we take this matter very seriously," the statement reads in part. "We have initiated an independent investigation which is ongoing and as such, it would not be appropriate to comment at this time."

But insiders whisper that ABC bosses have their doubts about her story.

ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke is scheduled to speak with reporters on Monday during the Television Critics Association's summer press tour, TheWrap.com reports.
 

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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 and the racist commentary & bullying from the Hair Dept. Head 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. 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. 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 the actor 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. This actor 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 actor 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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  • KcoolMuziq

    Finally! Her story is released.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    A thesis on social media ... seems suspect.... not saying she ain't a victim ... but come on now .....

  • T Willis

    I have so many questions...
    why is her makeup 20 shades darker than her skin tone? ?
    Why do we need a long ass essay on the shows HR protocol?
    Girl.... ?????

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Not sure why she'd led somebody chase her out of a good paying job. Good roles like this don't just grow on trees. I would have hoped she'd stay there and fight. The person who did you wrong, they're the ones that should leave, not you.

  • Chaseboogie The Prince

    I wish she would have named the person that harmed her, then she exposes him. When she says nothing, he continues assaulting other women, getting work, and basically protecting him. Maybe she didn't name the person so she can continue working, but Hollywood may not hire anyway for speaking up, so she may as well go all out and name her predator.

  • onelove

    oh my!

  • Kimocha

    Wowww!... The 2nd pic looks like a totally different person from the 1st pic to me...

    https://media1.giphy.com/media/b4P7YIIC9nqqQ/giphy.gif

  • KLo

    CHILE, you should've just documented everything and waited for the right time to quit.. meanwhile, make that $. im not going to let racism run me away from a good paying
    job, unless I have one lined up. BTW -- i never heard of you. #ouch

  • KLo
  • iWasteTime

    Any one know if there is a donation page for Glendon Oakley?

  • Ghetto Real Name

    Wait is that her in the second pic? First pic she is a drop dead gorge fox. Second pic who dis?

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    got damn shape shifter .... I ain't trusting none this shyt here

  • leapyearpisces

    That's her "beforemoneybae" pic. LOL.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Sandra is this the same person ..... in both photos ????? Serious question https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/757409882300e04d63efd6efb5035684d2b0de7c17c0bdc5f9f675748bc7d6f7.gif

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Is that what that is??? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/021952a3e9ea55267e451a4e958a32d0a7bc19ffd59d6737ea6b4a4fdfb0a465.gif ... chile ..... Sandra may have gotten these photos wrong ..... but chile

  • leapyearpisces

    Jenaaaayyyyy, you SLAY me. LOL. You say so much with such few words. #straightandtothepoint

  • Renee26

    Bravo to her for standing firm and standing up for herself... I believe her because #1 she bypassed the paycheck to run from these people and their improper handling of her complaints. #2 I've heard time and time again about hair stylists and PMU's who don't know how to deal with people of color and some are told to bring their own teams... I bet that mf made all kinds of rude remarks that others just laughed about.

    Black actresses need protection too...

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile what in the hell is going on ....... This a jedi mindtrick .... these look like two different people

  • Renee26

    She looks the same to me. Just not wearing lashes and a ton of eye make-up

  • Trey

    This the show with Tyrese?

  • Wreckognize Game

    Jenie, why do you make me laugh at these people when I be trying to have empathy? ?

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Those ain't even da same eyebrows ..... Sandra what and who is this????

  • Renee26

    It may be hard for her to be around people who obviously sided with the people who assaulted her. They showed her they don't care about her....

    Typical response, black women are at the bottom of the barrel and don't deserve protection like the precious yt women do

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile .... this a jedi mindtrick ..... we all confused as to if this even da same person ...... hold back on da empathy ... something ain't clean in da milk chile ...... when I spot confusion ..... demon shyt in da mix .... hexanbeast shyt in da mix https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/280af94b4e6f9837031514beb46cc09bda7bed2baab942ea4293410403dc0c19.gif

  • Renee26

    Finally she spoke up

  • iWasteTime

    No. Nathan Finnegan aka Castle

  • Wreckognize Game

    Tyrese is so irritating. He posted something about the Rock movie not doing better than the FNF movies without all of them. He acts like a Bih. ?

  • iWasteTime

    lolol
    It is her. The top pic is recent

  • Renee26

    ? y'all are a whole trip... That's the same girl with evening make-up on... Heavy eye makeup with smoky eyes. They make-up the eyebrows too

  • Alextra Ballard

    Sandra been crankin out these threads since early mornin and she dunT got plum tied....ain noway these tew are the same people

  • Alextra Ballard

    Scrollin byke up with my CVS readers on

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    This a damn shapehshifter ....... I ain't buying it ..... the entire fiasco ... thanks for the clarification https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/236ffd248f6d917306fb8afa3e1c0fbaafad1639eeb5cd577c3b63edf5867757.gif

  • Wreckognize Game

    ?

  • jeniefrumdabloc™
  • iWasteTime

    so we going to get EVERY story but THE Story

  • jeniefrumdabloc™
  • Wreckognize Game

    Ms. Afton, go ahead and fire the hair stylist but keep the makeup person. ?

  • jeniefrumdabloc™
  • Wreckognize Game

    The way that he was crying and saying that he wants the media to just check on the victims and their families, he would probably donate it to them. ??????

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld
  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Chile....

  • Wreckognize Game

    ?????

  • Alextra Ballard

    ?

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    Lol

  • jeniefrumdabloc™
  • Alextra Ballard

    WHA???!!??

  • jeniefrumdabloc™
  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Yooo I was looking like these are not the same person...its her she just got the Extreme Makeover treatment...

    https://media1.giphy.com/media/s18VZmzHUXawg/giphy.gif

  • jeniefrumdabloc™
  • Alextra Ballard

    I like Tyrese for one reason and one reason only...it’s for his song Shame

  • Kanyade
  • Wreckognize Game

    The makeup person used the right color for her skin tone and brought out her beautiful features.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™
  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    I be trying to cape for Tyrese but he's an ass and he's jealous of The Rock....I went to see Hobbs and Shaw on Saturday and when I tell you I dont remember ish about the movie because I was too busy lusting it was a damn shame....I just kept hearing "all aboard" and train whistles everytime each of them spoke smh....

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Chile it must have been taken in 2001 cause I dont know one women who wears a leaveout with tracks showing at the top anymore...its all about the helmet wigs now...

  • Alextra Ballard

    She is beautiful with the short wig

  • Wreckognize Game

    I like that one, Sweet Lady and when he performed on Martin for Pam. He has become so unlikeable after the TGT fiasco.

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    She is a beauty thats for sure...

  • Kanyade
  • Rere

    Looks like two different women???

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    *crying*

  • Kanyade

    lol @ "too busy lusting"

  • Alextra Ballard

    Hell yea

  • teather

    I'm confused over pic 2. Why is her skin so dark. What's going on?

  • Alextra Ballard

    Dem damn pix derailed my thoughts....I dunT forgot what the thread was about?

  • iWasteTime

    lolol
    I butchered his name down below

  • Kanyade

    Scoped her IG. Pretty lady. I hope she can find work elsewhere. I actually meant to watch this show, but forgot. :)

  • Alextra Ballard

    Chiiile...

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    I was...me and my bestie did not pay attention at all...in one part The Rock starts talking about being this "Big Black Well Endowed Man" Chile all the women in the theater was like "Uh huh" under their breath and we all busted out laughing...

  • teather

    Right? I don't even understand this post at all. The actress isn't saying much. Sandra isn;t clear with those pics. I mean they look like the same person to me, except in pic #2 she is made up horribly, from head to chin.

  • Wreckognize Game

    Wrong makeup or was in the sun too long.

  • iWasteTime

    True! I'm going to buy a card for him and mail it to the base.
    I just want him to how wonderful and brave he was. I know he don't think he did enough but those babies he helped know different

  • Kanyade

    Ha. That's cool.

    If it is him (allegedly), I'm really disappointed; but then again, I don't know these Hollyweird folks. But folks should treat folks right, always. Joey Buchanan ain't but one episode away from back to soap opera-ville or local theater, if he don't watch it.

  • Wreckognize Game

    Jason is fine af. Rock is not my type but I get it.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Me too chile me too

  • Kanyade
  • Kanyade

    LOL. Um, I've heard/read different (re: the Rock's *cough* endowment) lol

  • Rent em Spoons ?????????

    Yeah good and dope, beautiful actress , sexy IMO. First saw her in the HBO series “ the night of “ . I hope this doesn’t sideline her career

  • Kanyade

    Is N.F. really a jerk, then? Is he the accused? I'm curious.

  • Kanyade

    Hopefully it won't. Hopefully she will move on to better. :)

  • tintin

    one pic is before the rookie when she was struggling to get roles and the top pic is the stable paycheck pic.

    Auntie is messy for googling a photo where she looks so dry in the face and head

    poor girl gonna go back to looking like her before money pic

  • Reenaface

    Nia Long spoke about the same experiences with hair and make up people. I think it was on the set of Empire that she had the problem so she started doing her own hair.

  • Wreckognize Game

    ?

  • tintin

    this is really sad because white Hollywood which has all the power will now blacklist list her and she will have no choice but to resort to Tyler Perry shows /movies

  • Raquelle Dellaghetto

    Those wigs aren't the business...

  • Blak

    Wait a minute...are those two pics of the same lady? If that is then that's way too much deception for me to take this seriously

  • Wreckognize Game

    You are right. The one who plays Porsha does her own hair too.

  • LeeSeeCee

    She was the main reason I KEPT watching the show. I like NF, but, she was the scene stealer.

  • LeeSeeCee

    She said it was a recurring guest star. The popular guess is Demetrius Grosse..

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    I dont see it for him either...In my mind its small but hey I went with the fantasy of the other women in the theater...and honestly I thin Jason Statham is more sexy than the Rock...Idris of course is always first...

  • Wreckognize Game

    There’s a new post up but I don’t know him. Another MeToo MF’er.

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Me and my co-worker were just talking about it in f^ck/marry/kill...I said I'd marry Idris, f^ck Jason and off The Rock...he has sex appeal but he dont make my panties wiggle...

  • Wreckognize Game

    ?correct?

  • Wreckognize Game

    Hopefully she sues and gets some coins

  • KcoolMuziq

    It’s not my story to tell.

  • Phillybruh

    She was the best part of the show!

  • T Willis

    I like Porshas hair

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Her hair looks a mess in the second pic???

  • the guest

    True.

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    Now I hope they take her complaints as serious as they are taking the complaints of whites women from incidents that occurred 20-40 years ago and heads should be rolling and jobs should be on the chopping block matter of fact they should cancel this show like they did other shows behind this mess!! Now if this situation gets handled differently their ought to be some noise made! Has any stars came forward in her support openly like they did in the other cases? What about the other me too victims have they offered her support? Especially since she is reporting this AS IT OCCURRED and not 20-40 years down the road

  • Renee26

    A lot of blk actors and actresses have.... I can imagine one of those Judy's making snide remarks about nappy hair and dark skin too

  • Li-Wright

    Wait a minute. Is that the same woman? Does she wear makeup to look beautiful?

  • J2PC

    No. The other woman is showrunner who the harassment & sexual assault were reported to, But, allegedly, she was a guard or keeper of those men dirty secrets while lying to victim that it was being reported. -ain't that some mess!

  • J2PC

    Not the same woman. The other woman is the woman who was suppose to report all the sexual misconduct, racial discriminations & complaints to hire ups.

    Instead, the victim was lied to & given the runaround and told to keep working until she caught on to coverups & lies. -the Black female was not her sister's keeper & protector.

    Sickening to see that she seemed to be more for protecting the evils of sexual harassment & assault lurking on a job instead of protecting the well-being of the victim. Hopefully, the show's investigators will have the last say about that behavior.

  • Wreckognize Game

    Me too

  • Rhyme and Reason

    Sadly, she had to exit the show. I’ve watched it, and she was a standout!

    Unfortunately, women are harassed. Women in select careers are probably more molested or belittled because only a select few get to do what they do!

    Whether it’s working for Tyler Perry, Bounce TV or ABC, good parts don’t come easy!

    Hope her career continues to flourish, and she does well on Broadway!

  • Rhyme and Reason

    Thank you!

    You made stabbing, elephant in the room comments!

    Yeah, now that you brought this to my attention, where is her #metoo support?

  • dontgetblocked

    She'll never work in Hollywood again. Sometimes you have to keep your mouth shut and deal with shlit. She's pushing 40 and raising Hell. They'll replace her with a 25 year old and keep stepping. This is why we older ladies learned to ignore stupid comments and avoid perverts on the job. It's not worth the trouble of reporting it!

  • starbright9449

    That's not her in the second pic.

  • starbright9449

    Different women

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Like Nicole Behari from that show Sleepy Hollow...

  • dontgetblocked

    Don't know the story. What happened.

  • Kayke

    Good for her. So many take shit for the check and recognition. Ultimately it is your responsibility to remove yourself from these kinds of situation when the system fails you.

  • Kayke

    I thought the second pic was what the Hair and Makeup Dept did to her..... I saw it and thought “oh hell yeah, that’s discrimination, harassment, torture and obvious hate lol

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    It's the same woman. Getty Images also has the same photos of her. She had a lot of work done.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose
  • Reenaface

    They seem to have a problem with doing black hair so black actors should have their own hair and makeup teams with them at all times.

  • tia

    That short hair cut makes a world of difference. It's working for her.

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    IS THAT THE SAME PERSON?

  • Gloria

    Never heard of her. But these two pictures of her is actual evidence that once you start making some decent money, you can basically become a different and more attracticve person because wow!!! Its hard to believe that is even the same person

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs
  • tintin

    ????

  • Lovely517

    She reminds me of Kendra from love and hip hop.

  • leapyearpisces

    LOL

  • Carla B

    Sad but true. I'm 38 and I know better than to make those claims at work, they will just find a reason to fire and replace my ass.
    I now know how to put a MF in their place professionally and keep it moving.

  • speakinmymind

    Those pics are of the same woman. Check the nose, eyes, etc. WTF are you saying/seeing?!? ???

  • speakinmymind

    Hashtag ignant!??????

  • speakinmymind

    Tiiiiiiiiiinnnnnn!! Git out!! ?????????

  • speakinmymind

    Not a "shapeshifter "!! Fix it jeezus!!????

  • WatEvaDaF*ck

    Yessss with the long hair she looks just like Jasiels fiancee

  • T Willis

    Dude same woman ?

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    ?????

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Hot mess ??

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    This a damn shape shifter IDGAF what folks say .... I don't trust this one Nerp!!!!! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/280af94b4e6f9837031514beb46cc09bda7bed2baab942ea4293410403dc0c19.gif

  • CookieMobster

    OMG bleach much?

  • WiseGui

    She didn’t get any work done. That’s makeup and lighting.

    Makeup is like sorcery to some women. It literally transform them. If it can make a man look like a women without having any surgical procedures, what more can it do for a woman who has naturally feminine features?

    Sandra you messy for posting the two contrasting photos. She has a likeable demeanor hence she landed the roll.

    I’m sure she wasn’t putting out or hitting the casting couch so they tried to get her out. She wasn’t a “culture” fit for Hollywood.

    A lot of your favorite actresses and actors, married and unmarried are hitting that casting couch to move up in their careers. Don’t get it twisted.

  • WiseGui

    She’s attractive and has a likeable demeanor. She just doesn’t photograph well.

    Black Americans are so color struck. And Sandra you’re playing into that. Sies

  • WiseGui

    Did you literally just make that up?

    The show runner is a white man.

    http://www.gstatic.com/tv/thumb/persons/327689/327689_v9_ba.jpg

  • WiseGui

    It’s some color struck individuals in here. They aren’t even comparing her features, just looking at the skin complexion and making an assumption. No analytical skills whatsoever.

    The show runner is a whole white man.

  • WiseGui

    There is no such thing as “staying in the sun too long” when you’ve been blessed with melanin. There are cultures that live in the sun near the equator and look beautiful. Black American slaves toiled in the sun all day and didn’t die off.

    If you are black I hope you stop consuming the lies your white supremacist leaders have been feeding you your entire life.

    We were blessed with melanin for the very reason of absorbing the suns rays which nourish and repair, and replenish our skin.

  • WiseGui

    I believe Nia was being extra and in full diva mode.

    Isn’t Empire a damn near all black cast? Wouldn’t they have hired hair and makeup artists specializing in darker skin tones and naturally coily hair? Nia can go somewhere whit all that.

  • WiseGui

    Sandra posted a filtered pic that was lightened. You can find the same pic where she’s dark skinned like in the 2nd pic. And she’s still beautiful.

  • MrsSpice1

    Very true! I honestly thought that was two different ppl! But melanin has a way to renew itself or look dark and dull if you arent too healthy or if you smoke, drink or stress out alot, and what you eat, can effect your skintone drastically. But once you eliminate those toxins or anything that may cause you stress your skin will glow and lighten up on its a on just enough. Especially by drinking alot of water to flush out that bs and just being happy of course. U can tell her skin is more vibrant in the first photo but the 2nd she wasn’t probably taking care of herself much from within and ontop probably stressed out by what was going on. Your skin will look how you feel.

  • WiseGui

    You’re correct in that what we ingest can impact our tone and appearance.

    However, the vibrancy to which you refer is not natural. That’s actually a filter.

    You can find the same exact photo in google where she is just as dark as the 2nd pic but had a smoother even tone. I think the pic with the long hair was pre-money, she’s wearing an off foundation and it’s evident in the color of her neck and chest.

  • Reenaface

    It's possible, because I had heard about diva antics involving Nia before. But I have read about her problems dealing with hair/makeup people on different sets. Sometimes, when you walk on these sets you don't know who or what race a person is that's going to be doing your hair. So while it may appear that Empire was nearly an all black cast for appearances sake, still you don't know who's all working behind the scenes.

  • Reenaface

    It's possible, because I had heard about diva antics involving Nia before. But I have read about her problems dealing with hair/makeup people on different sets. Sometimes, when you walk on these sets you don't know who or what race a person is that's going to be doing your hair. So while it may appear that Empire was nearly an all black cast for appearances sake, still you don't know who's all working behind the scenes.

  • Wreckognize Game

    My face gets darker than the rest of my covered body if it is exposed to the sun for long periods of time. I did not diminish her looks because she is very beautiful. I only stated this as an explanation of why her face was darker than the rest of her body. You tried to read me but was on the wrong page. STOP WITH THE EXTRA BS.

  • ShWa

    She looks better with the short hair and makeup her complexion is lighter maybe due to lighting?

  • J2PC

    The showrunner's name is Sallie Nicole something. She just mentioned in an article. Unless that man's name is Sallie...then, you're wrong.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I am not playing into anything. I just want the men to see what's under all that makeup. She's beautiful.

  • Maxx

    OMG lighting much...makeup much..but bleach? Be for real MUCH?