Actor Ruby Rose asserts that she got fired from The CW’s ‘Batwoman after being seriously injured on the set.
Rose was the star of the title character on the first season. She posted a series Instagram stories Wednesday alleging she was fired from “Batwoman” after being injured on set two. Rose claims that she was forced to have surgery . She alleged that former Warner Bros. Television Group Chairman Peter Roth threatened to replace her because she had “just lost the studio millions (by getting injured on his set).”
In addition to her injuries, Rose alleged that a crew member got third-degree burns and that a production assistant was “left quadriplegic.” Rose added in the list of allegations that the “Batwoman” showrunner refused to suspend filming during the pandemic until local government mandates shut down the set.
Deadline reported last year that the Workers’ Compensation Board of British Columbia was investigating a former production assistant’s allegation that they were paralyzed after an incident on the “Batwoman” set. Warner Bros. Television Group didn’t immediately respond to a request to comment on the claims that crew members were hurt.
Rose told fans to stop asking her if she will return to the series. She said she wouldn’t return to “Batwoman” for any money.
“They destroyed Kate Kane, and Batwoman, not I,” Rose wrote. “I followed orders and if they wanted me to stay, I would have to sign away my rights. Any threats, any bullying tactics, or blackmail will not make me stand down.”
Warner Bros. Television Group denied the allegations in a statement Wednesday, saying Rose was fired over multiple complaints about her 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 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 behavior that were extensively reviewed and handled privately out of respect for all concerned,” the company said.
Roth announced his retirement last summer. He was not available for comment immediately.
Fans of the series were surprised in May 2020 when Rose announced her departure, which she said was a very difficult decision. Variety last year reported that “Batwoman” was the network’s third most-watched series in its first season.
It was also highly praised for its LGBTQ representation with Rose being cast as a lesbian superhero. Javicia Leslie was then hired to become television’s first Black and bisexual Batwoman.
Rose told Entertainment Weekly in August 2020 that it was “tough” to lead a superhero series but that other factors contributed to her exit, which included returning to the set only 10 days after her surgery. Rose explained to EW last year that she has time to think about many things and what she wants to accomplish in life. It was a great chance to have a conversation about many things for both [her and the producers],. They’re so kind and respectful of me. “
A Rose representative did not immediately respond when asked about Warner Bros. Television Group’s allegations. In her Instagram stories, she mentioned being “slammed” by the media. She said she never raised her voice and was always late because she was at the hospital.
“Aside from them, I was loved and loved my crew,” Rose said.
Doha Madani is a breaking news reporter for NBC News. Pronouns: she/her.