Warner Bros has hit back at Ruby Rose's claims that there were deplorable working conditions on the set of Batwoman.
On Wednesday (Oct 20), Rose, 35, shared an epic series of Instagram stories, alleging abuse, negligence and poor working conditions on the set of Batwoman, which ultimately led to the Australian actress’s exit from the show — which premiered in 2019 — after one season.
Warner Bros challenged Rose’s charges, saying they did not hire her for a second season after receiving complaints about her behaviour. It described Rose's account as "revisionist history... aimed at the producers, the cast and crew, the network, and the studio".
Per BBC News, a company spokesperson said, “The truth is that Warner Bros Television had decided not to exercise its option to engage Ruby for season two of Batwoman based on multiple complaints about workplace behaviour that were extensively reviewed and handled privately out of respect for all concerned.”
In August 2020, Rose told Entertainment Weekly that she left the series because her back injury made it “tough” to keep up the pace on the show, especially when she was the lead. The COVID-19 pandemic shut down also served as a catalyst for her departure.
Rose was replaced by Javicia Leslie, who is also currently starring in Season 3.
Elsewhere, in the 10-page Instagram Story, Rose also levelled accusations at former co-stars, including Dougray Scott, who played her on-screen father. She accused him of having "[verbally] abused women," as well as “hurting a female stunt double”.
In a statement to TVLine, Scott said, “I absolutely and completely refute the defamatory and damaging claims made against me by [Ruby Rose]; they are entirely made up and never happened. As Warner Bros Television has stated, they decided not to exercise the option to engage Ruby for Season 2… based on multiple complaints about her workplace behaviour.”
Camrus Johnson, who plays Luke Fox on Batwoman, also rejected Rose’s allegations. He tweeted, "But yea fam, she was fired. And it is VERY hard to be fired when you're the lead. Imagine what u have to do for that 2 happen."
Batfam ya know I couldn’t go the whole day without saying something! I love y’all, don’t think I haven’t seen all the love today. But yea fam, she was fired. And it is VERY hard to be fired when you’re the lead. Imagine what u have to do for that 2 happenhttps://t.co/XwdvjpP9wv— Camrus Johnson (@CamrusJ) October 21, 2021
Oh, it gets better.
Comic Book Resources (per Yahoo Entertainment) ran a lengthy statement from Alexander J Baxter, a former production assistant on Batwoman and now founder and CEO of Constellate Films.
He described Rose’s tenure on the show as a “reign of cruelty”. “She showed up late most days, didn’t have her lines memorized, and whenever she interacted with anyone below the line, production assistant, LX crew, grips, it was as though we were beneath her boots," he said.
“She stormed off set, she yelled at people, and whenever she interacted with any of us production assistants, we were disregarded as the trash we picked up.”
He recalled one occasion when the crew spent the entire morning setting up her requested green room — fitted with six heaters “because she was used to Australian hot weather, and her snacks — “only to have her show up, giggle, walk away and say she is good”.
“We chalked it to another ‘Ruby is just giving orders for the sake of giving orders moment’ and moved on,” he said.
To be continued?
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