After nearly two years of relative silence, former Batwoman star Ruby Rose is discussing the working conditions on set and alleging various abuses, instances of negligence, and mismanagement.
In an series of Instagram stories (via TVLine), Rose insists she did not quit the series, but was forced out in the wake of her concerns over the COVID-19 outbreak and other safety issues throughout the program’s first season — seemingly beginning with the star being pressured into working just ten days after back surgery. She also recounts the way a PA was blamed for becoming paralyzed after a bucket was accidentally dropped on her head and another incident in which a stunt actor received “third-degree burns over his whole body.” Also mentioned: two additional stunt performed were also hospitalized in other incidents.
Rose’s social media posts began with tagging showrunner Caroline Dries and executive producers Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter, but mainly tells stories of Dries rarely appearing on the Vancouver set and promoting that unsafe atmosphere and alleging former Warner Bros. TV chairman Peter Roth had an inability to stop “making young women steam [his] pants, around [the] crotch while [he] was still wearing said pants.” Additionally, she claims stories linked to her unruly behavior paled in comparison to actor Dougray Scott‘s tendency to scream at members of the crew; he also allegedly “hurt a female stunt double,” but Rose did not go into further detail. Curiously, Berlanti and Schechter never get personalized stories, but the implication is clear: these situations were allowed to occur on their watch and Rose’s complaints went unanswered.
She also accuses co-star Camrus Johnson as being the source of the leaks about her own apparent misbehavior, which she says was always related to her own ongoing health issues following the back surgery. The picture she paints is a set full of pressure, heartache, and a significant amount of negligence on the part of the showrunner, who at once seems uninterested in the well-being of her staff while also in a crunch to deliver episodes.
As TVLine notes, none of the accused have responded to Rose’s claims. Warner Bros. Television released a statement claiming they chose not to exercise their option on Rose for the second season because of “multiple complaints about workplace behavior that were extensively reviewed and handled privately out of respect for all concerned.”