In an Instagram story posted this morning, former “Batwoman” actor Ruby Rose alleges that toxic working conditions led to her departure from the show after just one season.
Among the allegations, Rose, who played the titular character from 2019-2020, claims that she was pressured into returning to work early following a debilitating back injury she sustained on set, under the threat that the entire crew would be fired if she did not. She also alleges that former executive Peter Roth behaved inappropriately toward female staffers — having them steam his pants “around [his] crotch” while he was still wearing them — and that he hired a private investigator to find dirt on Rose. She claims the investigator was later fired “as soon as the report didn’t fit [Roth’s] narrative.”
Rose also shared a video taken while she underwent surgery for her injury, along with X-ray images of her rib cage and upper spinal column which, she writes, were taken three weeks later. She claims the images showcase an injury that’s “worse than abnormal” and which had been diagnosed while she was on set.
She prefaces the story, which is addressed to the CW network, with the message, “Enough is enough. I’m going to tell the whole world what really happened on that set,” adding, “I will come for you so what happened to me never happens to another person ever again. And so I can finally take back my life and the truth. Shame on you.”
Rose previously spoke about her departure from the show in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. In that interview, she stated that her decision was the result of her back injury and the Covid pandemic.
“Batwoman” had been renewed for a second season before Rose announced her departure. She was replaced in the title role by Javicia Leslie.