Lethal Weapon drama continues: Michael Raymond James terms Clayne Crawford episode a false narrative
It appears as though 'Lethal Weapon' isn't done with its onset drama yet. Actor Michael Raymond James has come out in support of him.
It appears as though 'Lethal Weapon' isn't done with its ongoing offscreen drama yet. After actor Clayne Crawford who played Martin Riggs on the show was fired recently, owing to his abusive behavior on set, actor Michael Raymond James has come out in support of him saying that the situation was handled "poorly" and that "no one is perfect."
James took to Twitter to post a series of tweets defending Clayne and claimed that he was friends with the actor from "day one". James was a former guest star on the show.
There is/has been a false narrative being spread about in an effort to humiliate and vilify a friend of mine who thus far has been too classy to fight back...so I will...trust that. #TeamClayne @ClayneCrawford— MichaelRaymond-James (@MRaymondJames) May 16, 2018
Perhaps shading Damon Wayans -- who plays Riggs' partner in the show and was critical of the actor's behavior -- and Fox as well as Warner Bros, he also went on to say that, "Btw, the whole thing has been handled poorly, but no ONE person is to blame. That simply isn’t true. And no one by the same token is completely blameless. It’s just that I’ve only seen exactly ONE party cop to their own accountability. That’s integrity."
Tired of the nonsense. No one is perfect. No one. But this idea of an “Emotional Terrorist” holding a set hostage while raging on and taking pleasure in making people cry while others go on the offensive only to claim victim status?? Miss me with the bullshit— MichaelRaymond-James (@MRaymondJames) May 16, 2018
...And THAT may rub some people the wrong way. That’s fine. Not everyone is going to agree with every stand you take. But @ClayneCrawford passionately stands for equality and speaking for those who for whatever reason are afraid their voice won’t be heard...— MichaelRaymond-James (@MRaymondJames) May 16, 2018
...And that clearly did rub some the wrong way. @ClayneCrawford has taken the High Road throughout this ordeal. The High Road can be a lonely place, and I’d love to remain next to him there, but I can not, in good conscience say nothing.— MichaelRaymond-James (@MRaymondJames) May 16, 2018
Recently, after the news of firing Clayne was released, the actor apologized publicly on his Instagram for his behavior. Soon, the news of casting Seann William Scott, aka Stifler from 'American Pie' was revealed and that's when things started to get really ugly.
I’ve known @ClayneCrawford for years. Full disclosure, we’ve been friends from the first day we met. I’m proud to call him my friend. I’ve known Clayne to be funny, warm, and compassionate. But also incredibly intense and passionate...— MichaelRaymond-James (@MRaymondJames) May 16, 2018
You want to fire someone. Fire them. Replace them, whatever. However, to falsely vilify someone while doing so remains unconscionable to me.— MichaelRaymond-James (@MRaymondJames) May 16, 2018
Lethal Weapon is going to do their thing regardless. And I wish them well. I’m sure Sean will be great with whatever material they give him. He is a talented dude and tho I’ve never met him, I’ve heard he is a great guy. None of this is remotely his fault. All the best— MichaelRaymond-James (@MRaymondJames) May 16, 2018
Clayne retweeted Michael, showing his appreciation.
Love You https://t.co/Zm5xHGhb8P— MichaelRaymond-James (@MRaymondJames) May 16, 2018
Seann is to replace Riggs in the plot, portraying his brother in the buddy cop show. As soon as the announcement of a renewal for season three and Seann was made, actor Damon Wayans who plays the other cop in the duo posted some really angry tweets about Clayne.
He said, "Now that the fate of the show is solidified.. I’d like to address the TWITTER outrage with this video and image to follow. #directedby @ClayneCrawford," posting an image of his bald head with a bleeding wound.
In another tweet, he said, that Clayne "hit another actor in the mouth with a bottle of green tea and busted his mouth open."
Soon after, he made his account private.