Just a day going public about the sexual harassment and racial discrimination she experienced on the set of ABC show The Rookie, the show’s star Afton Williamson has come forward with the names of her harassers.
Williamson claims that she was sexually harassed by a recurring guest star and faced racial discrimination and sexual assault from the head of the series’ hair department. In an Instagram post, the actress wrote:
“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.” The post was published along with a photo of what seems to be Williamson’s hand where a small butterfly landed.
Variety reports that Grosse’s reps did not immediately respond to the publication’s request for comment regarding the matter. Showrunner Alexi Hawley and the show’s lead Nathan Fillion has also kept mum about the issue.
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To my Fans, my Friends, my Supporters: I want to Thank EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU. I am so beyond overwhelmed by the outpouring of love, kind words, scriptures, strength filled quotes and devout support that has come my way. One Instagram post is just like those 2 fish and 5 loaves of Bread. The rippling effect it has had in just a few hours shows how much this world is aching with victims of racism, discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual abuse all of it. I am no stranger to all of the above even before this experience. But it is through this experience and my platform that God pushed me to use the power within me. It just takes a VOICE. 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. If you have experienced any of the above, you are too and I for one stand with you and I’m no longer afraid to be vocal about it. We Can Stand Together. Let’s Change This Sickness. That Change starts with US. 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❤️👊🏾🙏🏾
Williamson went public with the allegations in a separate Instagram post that she published early Sunday. In that post, the actress detailed claims of racial bullying and harassment against The Rookie’s hair department, a recurring guest star and executive producers.
“During the Season, it continued along with Sexual Harassment from a recurring guest star,Demetrius Grosse,and the racist commentary & bullying from the Hair Dept.Head, Sally Ciganovich escalated into Sexual Assault at our Wrap party,” Williamson wrote in an Instagram post.
The actress also called out the Hawley’s lack of action when she reported the alleged harassment.
“The Sexual Harassment though reported directly to the Showrunner/EP remained undocumented and was not reported to HR as promised. Ciganovich 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.”
Ben is is a senior journalist and sport columnist for Best in Australia. He previously worked for the BC and other radio stations.