Ruby Rose, who played Kate Kane in the CW’s “Batwoman” TV Show, claimed last week that she left the show in 2020 because of terrible working conditions.
Rose claimed that she was injured on set and forced to return to work after breaking her neck and ribs while playing her character. She also made numerous allegations against men on set, claiming they abused women.
But other former cast and crew members have since come forward to dispute her allegations, saying she didn’t choose to leave the show but that she was essentially fired after multiple people complained about her on-set behavior, Yahoo reported.
Actor Dougray Scott, who played Rose’s father during and after Rose was a cast member, specifically disputed the actress’ allegations against him. Rose had claimed Scott “[verbally] abused women,” showed up only when he felt like it, and was overall a “nightmare.” In a statement to TVLine, Scott refuted Rose’s claims.
“I absolutely and completely refute the defamatory and damaging claims made against me by [Ruby Rose]; they are entirely made up and never happened,” Scott said.
“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,” he added.
TVLine added that Rose’s allegations against cast and crew members were numerous, and included former WBTV chairman Peter Roth allegedly guilting “her into returning to work following major surgery after just 10 days (Rose had undergone surgery to fix two herniated discs that she has said ‘were close to severing my spinal cord’).” She also – after her former colleagues came forward with their allegations about her behavior – claimed she only fought on set for safer working conditions. WBTV released its own statement regarding Rose’s behavior.
“Despite the revisionist history that Ruby Rose is now sharing online aimed at the producers, the cast and crew, the network, and the Studio,” the studio said, adding that “the truth is that Warner Bros. Television had decided not to exercise its option to engage Ruby for Season 2 of Batwoman based on multiple complaints about workplace behavior that were extensively reviewed and handled privately out of respect for all concerned.”
Another cast member, Camrus Johnson, also disputed Rose’s claims about how she was treated on set.
“But yea fam, she was fired,” said Johnson, who plays Luke Fox on the series. “And it is VERY hard to be fired when you’re the lead. Imagine what u have to do for that 2 happen.”
Comic Book Resources also published a statement from Alexander Baxter, who worked on season 1 of the show and is the CEO and founder of Constellate Films. Baxter in his statement called Rose a “dictator” and said her season on “Batwoman” was a “reign of cruelty”:
From day one, where her supposed injury stopped her from doing 60% of her job, she began her first day on the show not acknowledging a single crewmember besides anyone above the line. And as the days stretched on, the 18 hour Saturdays for some of us and the crew, things got worse. 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. 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. One day at the studio we spent the entire morning setting up her requested green room (six heaters, because she was used to Australian hot weather, and her table of snacks), only to have her show up, giggle, walk away and say she is good. We chalked it up to another “Ruby is just giving orders for the sake of giving orders moment” and moved on. Then, I was holding a door open for her, after having worked over 15 hours at that point in the freezing cold weather, and she came billowing through the door that I just opened, and she spilt her food. She looked at it, then up at me, and said: “well?” and then stormed off and left me to clean up her mess. That is what it felt like working beneath Ruby: cleaning up her mess. She never thanked us, she only made demands that left us all exhausted emotionally and physically.
She was a dictator to work for, and having been nothing but a production assistant eager to get into the industry, she made me consider quiting [sic]. If this was the industry I was going to get into, I sure as hell wasn’t going to work for entitled tyrants. Living downtown, I met one of her close friends on a dating app and he shared with me stories of them partying and getting high on all assortments of drugs, and funnily enough the days where she showed up 8 hours late to set, were the days he spoke about. She didn’t care how long we waited for her and made sure everything was perfect and ready, she just cared about her personal party lifestyle.
We worked countless long days, always going into overtime because she was either late or not off book, or some other reason relating to her not wanting to be there. From the moment we started the show she made every new person that came on uneasy and unsupported. She was a horrible star and made so many of us feel like we were helping make a show for a dictator.
As The Daily Wire previously reported, the “Batwoman” series was unabashedly “woke,” which led to critical acclaim but audience dislike.
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