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Afton Williamson just shared a lengthy social media post, writing that she felt she owed it to her amazing fans to tell the truth of why she would not be returning for The Rookie Season 2. In her words, she claims that during the filming for the pilot episode, she experienced racial discrimination and racially charged inappropriate comments from unnamed members of the show's hair department, and also "bullying" from the executive producers. She also alleged she was later sexually assaulted during the Season 1 wrap party.
Here's more from her Instagram post:
Afton Williamson's post continued by alleging that the only time she was asked to participate in an investigation on her claims was after a meeting she called in June following ABC's renewal of The Rookie for Season 2. She said the meeting included showrunner Alexi Hawley and two other producers, plus her own agent and SAG-AFTRA union representative. Here's more of her story from there:
Afton Williamson did not name the guest star in question, or any of the other producers involved. However, she ended her post by explaining this is all why she decided not to return for The Rookie Season 2:
Here's her entire post:
So that's Afton Williamson's side of why she left The Rookie. It certainly doesn't sound like the "amicable" exit of initial reports. We'll have to see if ABC responds, or if show creator Alexi Hawley shares a statement. The Rookie stars Nathan Fillion, who is also an executive producer on the series, in a reunion with Hawley, who was also an executive producer on Castle. UPDATE: Here are statements from ABC and the show's production company.