Producer: ‘The Rookie’ co-star’s misconduct claims unfounded

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Date: 2019-09-18T05:12:40+00:00
Author: LYNN ELBER AP Television Writer
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Producer: ‘The Rookie’ co-star’s misconduct claims unfounded

LOS ANGELES ‘ Actress Afton Williamson’s claims of misconduct against her on the set of ‘The Rookie’ weren’t substantiated by an independent investigator, according to the ABC drama series’ producer.

Production company Entertainment One said Tuesday the investigation led it to conclude no unlawful or inappropriate behavior was committed by the co-workers accused by Williamson.

In early August, ‘The Rookie’ co-star said she was quitting the show because of sexual harassment and racial discrimination she experienced during its freshman year last season.

The probe, which began in late June, involved some 400 hours of interviews and review of video and other evidence, Entertainment One said in a statement. The full report wasn’t released for privacy reasons, said the company known as eOne.

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Afton Williamson’s Sexual Misconduct & Racism Claims Rejected By Studio Probe

‘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,’ said eOne in a statement Tuesday ‘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,’ the studio added.

‘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,’ eOne noted in its conclusions of the probe by law firm Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP and investigators EXTTI. ‘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.’ Read eOne’s full statement below.

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Date: 2019-09-17T22:13:37+00:00
Author: Dominic Patten
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