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Afton Williamson, Star of ‘Rookie’ Leaves Show Due to Sexual Harassment and Racial Discrimination

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Afton Williamson, who portrays Talia Bishop in the ABC crime drama The Rookie, has announced her departure of the series after just one season. Detailing her experience through a lengthy Instagram post, Williamson says throughout filming the season she endured “racial discrimination/racially charged inappropriate comments.”

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I will not be returning for Season 2 of The Rookie. I owe it to you my amazing fans to share the Truth. Throughout the filming of the pilot, I experienced Racial Discrimination/Racially Charged inappropriate comments from the hair department and bullying from Executive Producers. During the Season, it continued along with Sexual Harassment from a recurring guest star and the racist commentary & bullying from the Hair Dept. Head escalated into Sexual Assault at our Wrap party.The Sexual Harassment though reported directly to the Showrunner/EP remained undocumented and was not reported to HR as promised. The Hair Dept. Head 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. HR protocol was never adhered to following the above reports given by me to my Showrunner/EP and an investigation was never issued for any of my claims. The only time I was asked to participate in an investigation was after a meeting I called in June following our Season 2 announcement. This meeting included the Showrunner and two other producers as well as my agent and SAG-AFTRA Union Rep. It was clear to all present in the meeting that the Showrunner had not shared my reports with the any of the producers. After my initial report of sexual harassment, I was assured that the actor would be fired. I was also asked to film with him the very next day as a courtesy to the script, even though we had not begun filming the episode yet. This actor reappeared on our call sheet at the end of the season, I was even written in scenes with him. I asked the Showrunner about this and he admitted to me that the actor had not been fired nor had he gotten HR involved. I was asked to return this season, and promised that “everything was handled.” The investigation hadn’t even begun and Season 2 had already started filming. I turned it down and I walked. Now is the best time in the world to be a woman and I have a platform so it’s time to use my Voice. Strength comes from within. It comes from Above. “Greater is He that is within Me than he that is in the world” ❤️🙏🏽

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The Rookie has only been on air since October 2018 and yet they’re already facing their first scandal. Afton Williamson, a member of the main cast, claims the hair department discriminated against her, the executive producers of the show bullied her, and she was harassed sexually by a recurring guest star. Williamson says that during the season, the bullying and discrimination from the Hair Dept. Head escalated into sexual assault at the show’s wrap party.

In the long statement, Williamson said despite reporting the unfair treatment directly to Showrunner Alex Hawley and an Executive Producer, her claim was not documented or reported to HR. Not only was the Hair Dept. Head not disciplined for their behavior, they were only terminated for the sexual assault although Williamson alleges the racism went on for more than a year. Afton was gaslit by a Showrunner and Executive producer who promised to resolve an ongoing issue by terminating the employment of a recurring actor who was sexually aggressive toward her. However, much to her dismay, the offending cast member was listed on the call sheet and Afton was written to appear in scenes with him. Disappointed that they failed to take her claims seriously or investigate the matter, Afton declined to film the second season, which is now in production.

The Rookie Showrunner Alex Hawley has not released a statement on the matter. However, ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke is expected to speak with reporters on the issue. A spokesperson for ABC said, “The safety of working environments is a top priority for us, and we take this matter very seriously.”

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Did Wendy Williams Shade Nicki Minaj?

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It’s no secret that the Queen of Media and Queen of Rap do not get along. Targeting a certain “soon to be washed-up rapper”, Wendy’s inflammatory comments have drawn the ire of Nicki’s ruthless fanbase, The Barbz.

Tensions between Wendy Williams and Nicki Minaj are at an all-time high following the daytime talk show host’s comments about the rapper’s husband. Wendy drew first blood when she pointed to Kenneth Petty’s violent past. Discussing it on air, Wendy said “I don’t know what he does for a living. I just know that he did time in jail for — he’s a sex offender.” Wendy continued her assessment by stating Nicki is no stranger to such behavior because of her brother’s incarceration before returning to her thoughts on Kenneth. “Well, first-degree manslaughter. Now, he served seven years in prison and he’s also a sex offender. So that means that he…is manslaughter a killer? Okay. So, he’s a killer and a sex offender…Well, Nicki. Congratulations.”

Hearing how critical Wendy Williams has been of her marriage to Kenneth Petty, Nicki Minaj lashed out during an episode of Queen Radio. Hitting back at Williams for her criticism with “It’s not about doing your job.” Nicki says Wendy goes too far. “There are people who report the news and there are people who do it with an evil intent in their heart, viciousness.” Feeling entitled to counter the disrespect, Nicki alluded to Wendy’s failing marriage, saying “And I pray for you because I know you’re hurting and I know you must be sick and humiliated.”

During Nicki’s episode of Queen Radio she continued to air out Wendy’s marital issues with Kevin Hunter. Bringing up his extramarital affair, Nicki targeted what she believed was the source of Wendy’s bitterness. “You’re sat up there being vicious all this time, and paid for that man’s mistress all these years. You paid for her shopping sprees, you paid for her hotels — Bitch, you probably even paid for her GYN bills, you paid to have that baby delivered, ho. How you doin’, stupid?” Seemingly unphased by Nicki’s callout, Wendy had this to say during her show:

“There’s this soon-to-be washed up rapper who can’t keep my name out of it’s mouth. I love it. I sit here like, ‘OK, keep talking. Say some more.'”

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“Where is Frank Ocean?” Drake Booed off Camp Flog Gnaw Stage

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Boo this man! Boooo! Drake thought a surprise appearance at Tyler, The Creator’s Camp Flog Gnaw festival would go better than this. The Canadian rapper was booed off the stage after attempting to surprise fans by performing before Frank Ocean’s set.

Drake’s surprise appearance at Camp Flog Gnaw was cut short after he was interrupted by boos. The rapper, who arranged the surprise with Tyler The Creator’s approval, stopped in the middle of “Wu-Tang Forever” to gauge the crowd. Saying, “I’m up here for you tonight. If you want to keep going, I will keep going.” Drake asked “What’s up?” Unfortunately, during the pause, some members of the crowd began booing loudly. Bowing out gracefully, Drake said “It’s been love.” and exited stage left. Hoping Frank Ocean would take the stage soon after, fans were met with further disappointment — he refused to perform.

After waiting nearly 15 minutes for Frank Ocean’s performance to begin, fans came to the realization that he wouldn’t take the stage. Presumably punishing the audience for causing Drake to end his set 20 minutes early, fans are agreeing with Frank Ocean’s decisions. One Twitter user commented “Frank not performing is exactly what a crowd who would boo Drake deserves.” Another user echoed their sentiments, saying “Drake, I’m sorry, bro. I’m so sorry. They didn’t deserve you.”

Although Frank Ocean has yet to release a statement, rumors are swirling that Drake was called in to replace the rapper altogether. Frank Ocean allegedly canceled his scheduled appearance at Camp Flog Gnaw, but there is no indication he stepped down on any of his official social media profiles. However, his name was missing from the lineup of the 2-day festival.

With ticket prices ranging from $270 to $1045, fans are sharing their mixed feelings. Some are disappointed they sold their passes and lost the chance to see Drake, others are furious they held on to their tickets and didn’t get to see Frank Ocean.

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T.I. Shares That He Goes To the Gynecologist with His Daughter Deyjah to “Check Her Hymen”

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In a move that’s equally as disgusting as YG demanding we protect our “light-skinned pretty girls” while eulogizing Nipsey Hussle at his funeral, T.I. revealed a vile parenting technique. The obsessively possessive father revealed he accompanies his daughter Deyjah to yearly gynecological visits to ensure her hymen is still intact.

Speaking with Nazanin Mandi, wife of singer/songwriter Miguel, on the Ladies Like Us podcast, T.I. revealed a shocking detail about his strict parenting style. Believing his daughter will one day thank him for the experience, T.I. admitted he has his daughter’s hymen inspected yearly to confirm her virginity. Each year after Deyjah Harris celebrates her birthday, she is humiliated by her father through an invasive examination. Describing an encounter from her 16th birthday, T.I. admits to coercing his child into signing over her privileged medical history so he can view the results on his own.

“Usually like the day after the party, she’s enjoying her gifts. I put a sticky note on the door: ‘Gyno. Tomorrow. 9:30.'” T.I. continued that the doctor maintains a high level of professionalism. “He’s like, ‘You know, sir, I hate to, in order to share information’– I’m like, ‘Deyjah, they want you to sign this so we can share information. Is there anything you wouldn’t want me to know? See, doc? No problem!”

While T.I.’s policing of his daughter’s sexuality is no surprise, it is interesting to note that he does not follow a similar practice for his sons. Even more alarming, despite T.I’s history of infidelity, he is equally possessive of his wife’s belongings, i.e. her vagina. “You can’t be rationing out stuff, talking about what you’re going to give nobody because what’s yours is mine and what’s mine is yours.” T.I. unfortunately continued, “That means that little thing you got, that little sex box you got is half mine. So pick which side you want, and that’s yours.” He then went on to suggest splitting her vulva “down the middle of the…what do they call it? The, the the, is it ‘uvula’?”

Yikes!

While T.I. is sure to hear about the social media outrage ensuing following the spread of this news, it is unlikely he’ll change the practice before his youngest daughter is of age. Poor girl.

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