ABC Studios has concluded an investigation into “SMILF” creator and actress Frankie Shaw, according to Variety.
The Hollywood Reporter and Variety report the network started an investigation into Shaw’s alleged misconduct following numerous complaints from the staff, including actress Samara Weaving. The actress, who plays Nelson Rose in the first and upcoming second season, complained over a couple of mishandled sex scenes.
The investigation concluded that Shaw did nothing wrong, according to Variety, but Weaving was released from her contract as she requested.
In a statement to USA TODAY, Shaw addressed the allegations through her lawyer, Andrew Brettler: “It pains me to learn that anyone felt uncomfortable on my set. I sincerely hope we can work together to resolve any and all issues, as I am committed to creating a workplace in which all people feel safe and heard.”During Season 1, Weaving was initially asked to film a sex scene nude despite a no-nudity clause in her contract, according to THR. After expressing her discomfort, Shaw allegedly brought Weaving into her trailer and lifted up her own shirt to persuade Weaving to appear nude. (Shaw’s lawyer tells USA TODAY that Shaw had a bra on and didn’t reveal her breasts, and that she was trying to show Weaving her own insecurities, not coerce her.)
More issues arose during another intimate scene for Season 2. THR reports Shaw, who was off set at the time, instructed a producer to turn on the monitors despite Weaving requesting a closed set while she was shooting the sex scene.
“I work daily to create an environment in which everyone should feel safe, and in which I can continue to grow as a leader and manager,” Shaw continued in her statement to USA TODAY. “I am now and always have been open to hearing and addressing all concerns and issues that fall within my control.”
Shaw plays Bridgette in “SMILF,” alongside cast members Weaving, Rosie O’Donnell, Miguel Gomez and Connie Britton. The series is set to return to Showtime in January.