'The Rookie' Investigation Finds No Inappropriate Behavior After Afton Williamson's Misconduct Accusations
“We regret that Ms. Williamson’s time on the series was not a positive one for her,” eOne says in a statement
eOne has released the results of the independent investigation into the allegations of misconduct made by former star Afton Williamson on the set of the ABC drama “The Rookie.”
In a statement on Tuesday, the company said the investigation turned up no evidence that individuals connected to the show had conducted themselves in an “unlawful manner” or demonstrated “behavior inappropriate for the workplace.”
“We recognize and respect that as individuals, the lens through which we view situations, interactions and comments, can differ based on our experiences and perspectives,” the company’s statement read. “As such, we regret that Ms. Williamson’s time on the series was not a positive one for her, and we respect her decision to move on to other projects.”
Williamson announced her departure from the Nathan Fillion-led cop drama last month, accusing the show’s hair department of racial discrimination and making inappropriate comments. She also said a recurring guest star on the show had sexually harassed her and showrunner Alexi Hawley refused to pass on her complaints to human resources.
The third-party investigation was commissioned by eOne, the production company behind the show, shortly after Williamson’s post. According to the company, Williamson, the individuals she identified and “several other relevant production and staff members” were all interviewed.
“We continue to focus on fostering a safe and respectful work environment for all our corporate and production employees and further reinforce our policies and procedures,” the company said.
Read the full statement below.
We are today addressing the findings of the investigation initiated as a result of the claims made by actor Afton Williamson regarding our series The Rookie. The investigation was commissioned via law firm Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP who engaged third-party firm EXTTI, recognized for their extensive expertise in investigating allegations of harassment, discrimination and retaliation in the workplace.
We take all allegations of inappropriate conduct very seriously, particularly when the allegations involve discrimination or sexual harassment of any nature. We appreciate the cooperation of all those who were interviewed, including Ms. Williamson, the individuals she identified by name, and several other relevant production and staff members.
The investigation encompassed nearly 400 hours of interviews and review of evidence, involving a significant amount of material, including video, that was provided to and examined by the investigator. As a result of the independent investigation, we have concluded that those identified in Ms. Williamson’s allegations did not conduct themselves in an unlawful manner or demonstrate behavior inappropriate for the workplace. It was also concluded that the executive producers, including showrunner Alexi Hawley, addressed matters of which they were made aware promptly and in a fair and reasonable manner.
We recognize and respect that as individuals, the lens through which we view situations, interactions and comments, can differ based on our experiences and perspectives. As such, we regret that Ms. Williamson’s time on the series was not a positive one for her, and we respect her decision to move on to other projects.
We continue to focus on fostering a safe and respectful work environment for all our corporate and production employees and further reinforce our policies and procedures. To protect the privacy of all those interviewed, the investigator’s report will not be available publicly.
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