Clayne Crawford said he is speaking the “#truth” about claims that his misbehavior is putting questions marks around the likelihood of a third season of Fox’s Lethal Weapon. In an Instagram post this week, the actor, who plays Martin Riggs on the show, said headlines detailing Crawford being disciplined throughout the show’s tenure have been “incredibly distressing.”
Earlier this week, Deadline reported that Lethal Weapon may not get a Season 3 as Crawford has been disciplined “several” times, due to “complaints of emotional abuse and creating a hostile environment.” It added that some of Crawford’s cast mates and crew members have grown “unconformable” on set.
In a statement shared via Crawford’s official Instagram page, the actor admitted he had been disciplined twice during filming for Season 2.
“The first reprimand was because I reacted with anger over working conditions that did not feel safe or conducive to good work under the leadership of a guest director and assistant director, who, in turn, were angry at my response,” Crawford wrote.
However, the actor claimed he subsequently met with HR and apologized for the dispute, plus the studio required Crawford shared “a sizable portion” of his paycheck with one of the parties involved.
The second incident of discipline, Crawford said, occurred during an episode Crawford directed himself.
“An actor on set felt unsafe because a piece of shrapnel from an effect hit him,” Crawford said. “It was an unfortunate event that happened in spite of all safety precautions and produces being followed. I take responsibility for the incident because I was in charge of the set.”
Crawford went on to share his respect and good feelings for his Lethal Weapon colleagues, claiming he would never purposely hurt their jobs.
Noting his love for filming, he also apologized if his “passion for doing good work” created any feelings of discomfort on set.
In addition, Crawford expressed regret for any negative attention brought to the Lethal Weapon show.
Check out Crawford’s entire statement below: