Actor Jason Mitchell has already been dropped by 'The Chi' and Netflix amid allegations of misconduct, but now a showrunner has come forward to reveal that she too, had to report him to HR.
Show creator Lena Waithe has caught some heat after Tiffany Boone revealed that she had repeatedly complained about Mitchell's actions.
"I've been very involved in Time's Up and that movement, and for season two, we're making sure that women feel safe," Waithe told The Hollywood Reporter back in June 2018. "[I]f you want to play that game and be disrespectful or misbehave on set with an actress or anyone, I'll happily call Showtime and say, 'This person has to go,' and you will get shot up, and it'll be a wonderful finale."
But showrunner Ayanna Floyd says it isn't so:
"When I took the helm in season two, it was Lena who informed me of the issues between Jason Mitchell and Tiffany Boone from season one, and that Tiffany was thinking of leaving the show because of it," says Floyd. "As a result of this information, I discussed Tiffany's claims with the studio's HR department and set up HR presentations for the writers, cast and crew. Ultimately, everyone was well aware of Jason's behavior and his multiple HR cases, including Lena, the creator and an executive producer of the show, who is very involved at the studio and network level."
Adds Floyd, "As showrunner, I did everything I could to deal with his behavior, by speaking with the studio's HR department multiple times and instructing one actress to call HR herself, before I became a target of his rage and inappropriateness, and had to report him to HR, as well."