After weeks of speculation regarding the fate of Fox's Lethal Weapon and its star Clayne Crawford, following allegations of emotional abuse and bad behavior on set, the network issued a Season 3 renewal, while replacing Clayne Crawford with Seann William Scott, who will play a new character who partners with Murtagh (Damon Wayans). Now that the renewal has been secured, Damon Wayans spoke out against Clayne Crawford in a series of tweets, which included a video of the actor getting hit by shrapnel during a scene of an episode Crawford directed. Shortly thereafter, though, Wayans deleted his account, and while the video is no longer available, he did offer an interesting account of the accident.
After the initial rumors about Clayne Crawford's on-set behavior surfaced, Crawford took to social media with a lengthy explanation, revealing he was reprimanded for two incidents. The first was where he reacted in anger over working conditions he felt were unsafe, and the second was an incident during an episode he directed, where one of his co-stars was hit with shrapnel from an effect. While Clayne Crawford wouldn't name the co-star, rumors claimed it was actually Damon Wayans, which he confirmed with the video. While the video isn't available anymore, it revealed a scene where an explosion goes off to the right of Wayans, but then he grabs the back of his head. The photo revealed a laceration on the back left of his head. Here's what Damon Wayans had to say in the first of his series of now-deleted tweets.
"Now that the fate of the show is solidified... I'd like to address the Twitter outrage with the video and image to follow. #directedby @ClayneCrawford. How does the shrapnel from this hit me on the opposite side of the head? #directedby @ClayneCrawford. Below is a rendering seeking to explain yesterday's incident. It turns out there was a second shooter, to Damon's left, on the other side of the pillar behind which his character was crouched, which accounts for what he heard from his left side @claynecrawford #noapology."
The "outrage" he was referring to were fans upset at Clayne Crawford being fired and replaced by Seann William Scott, with Wayans making it clear that, while fans may be upset, Crawford most definitely won't be missed on the set. Wayans went on to make additional claims about his former co-star's bad behavior, claiming he "struck fear in cast and crew" and "relished in making female cry." He also posted a photo that was taken on the studio lot, featuring an illustration of Clayne Crawford stating, "Clayne Crawford is an emotional terrorist." Here's what Wayans had to say in the remainder of his final tweets, calling out Warner Bros. Television for not "defending" him, while revealing other infractions, including an incident where he hit another actor, reportedly Lance Henriksen, in the mouth with a bottle of green tea.
"Since @warnerbrostv is not defending me at all... here's another photo of images other people were posting in and around the lot. Not me! He became UNINSURABLE! Relished in making female cry. And stuck fear in cast and crew #dontblameme. He hit another actor in the mouth with a bottle of green tea and busted his mouth open. @lancehenriksen a white man!!! #notanaccident #knowyourfacts."
In his final tweet, Damon Wayans said, "bye to Twitter and the weirdos who don't understand set decor and privilege it is to do what we do." He added that he "put up with this for two seasons," telling fans to, "Kiss the dark side of my a-- if you don't understand it wasn't just me," adding that Clayne Crawford has a "file of infractions" and asking Warner Bros. to "#releasethetapes." After that tweet, Wayans deleted his Twitter account in its entirety, according to The Hollywood Reporter, but his tweets have been preserved by others in screengrabs, which you can see below.