'The Rookie's Afton Williamson Names Co-Star & Crew Who Allegedly Harassed, Bullied Her

Afton Williamson opens up about the harassment she faced from a guest star and the crew on "The Rookie," naming them as she narrated her experiences hoping to call them out for their abusive behavior. 

A day after revealing she was harassed on set while working on "The Rookie," which prompted her resignation from the show, Afton decided to name her perpetrators. It turns out, it was a recurring guest star and a hair department head who sexually assaulted her on set. 

Before going on to reveal those who've wronged her, she first thanked everyone around her who have supported her through this difficult time. 

"I am overwhelmed by the outporing love, kind words, scriptures, strength filled quotes, and devout support that has come my way."

The actress shares that in the past couple of hours since she revealed she could no longer stay in the dark about the abuse she experienced, the outpour of support has been overwhelming.

"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."

Williamson adds that she is glad that God pushed her to speak up so that other victims may do the same. 

"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."

Calling Out the Suspects

Towards the end, she named actor Demetrius Grosse and Hair Department Head Sally Nicole Ciganovich as her abusers. 

“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.”

Neither Grosse nor Ciganovich has released statements over the accusations, but when a preliminary statement was made by Williamson, ABC and eOne released statements about launching an investigation regarding the matter. 

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