‘The Rookie’ Actress Afton Williamson Says Co-Star Demetrius Grosse Sexually Harassed Her
Just days after announcing that she won’t be coming back for season two of ABC’s “The Rookie,” Afton Williamson has identified the people who allegedly sexually assaulted her.
In a new statement on Instagram, Williamson revealed that it was allegedly Demetrius Grosse. She added that the head of the Hair Department, Sally Nicole Ciganovich, racially bullied and sexually assaulted her as well.
“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”
“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.”
Grosse, who is married with two children has not responded to the accusations against him.
Williamson announced she was leaving “The Rookie” earlier this week. While at that time she didn’t name names, she did reveal that it was because of the alleged harassment she experienced. She also accused Executive Producers of bullying her.
She has since updated her status and named Grosse and Ciganovich in that post as well.
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