The screenwriter/producer/actress spoke to “The Breakfast Club” this morning, where she revealed being made aware of complaints about Mitchell following the show’s first season.
She said that human resources was made aware and she believed all parties involved resolved their issues.
Waithe claimed she believed the situation was handled and even hired a different crew, put more women in positions of power and made other precautions for season 2. She said sexual harassment training went down on set and for the writers.
Lena Waithe said she believed the second season was running smoothly until she got a call claiming that nothing had changed. She was told to let HR handle the situation but regrets doing that and believes she should have reached out to actress Tiffany Boone (who had issues with Mitchell on set) personally.
She admitted the situation was not handled appropriately.
The producer is responding following “The Chi” showrunner speaking out claiming Waithe knew about Mitchell’s behavior and nothing was done.
Jason Mitchell was fired from “The Chi” following Netflix dropping him from “Desperados.” Netflix allegedly fired him after he made actresses uncomfortable immediately after arriving on set in Mexico.
Netflix investigated the situation after the actor allegedly made “highly inappropriate remarks to two actresses in the film.”
Mitchell was also dropped by his talent agent and his management team.
Tiffany Boone, who plays Jerrika on “The Chi,” reportedly complained to producers about Mitchell allegedly sexually harassing her. She claimed to feel unsafe while shooting scenes with the actor.