Earlier this month, “The Chi” star Jason Mitchell was fired from the show and dropped by his agents, lawyers and managers after being accused of sexual harassment by multiple women on set.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, his behavior was no secret.
“Sources claim his conduct had been a problem for at least two actresses on The Chi. More than one person on the show – including Tiffany Boone, who played Mitchell’s character’s girlfriend, Jerrika, and second-season showrunner Ayanna Floyd – filed a complaint. Despite HR training, these sources said, the alleged conduct persisted, and Boone asked to be released from the series. But Mitchell was to remain for a planned season three, sources said.
In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Floyd directly challenges show creator Lena Waithe.
“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,” said 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.