The stars of a number of popular broadcast drama series are opening up about allegations of inappropriate behavior by Andrew Kreisberg, an executive producer on the CW shows “Supergirl,” “Arrow,” “The Flash” and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.”
Kreisberg was suspended by Warner Bros. after a story published Friday by Variety detailed allegations by 19 anonymous sources — 15 women and four men — depicting a pattern of alleged sexual harassment and inappropriate physical contact spanning years. Warner Bros. TV Group said it has launched an investigation into the allegations.
Kreisberg has denied the allegations.
Among those speaking out over the past few days have been “Supergirl” star Melissa Benoist and “Arrow’s” Emily Bett Rickards. Below you can see a tweet posted Sunday by Rickards.
Benoist posted a message Sunday on Twitter in which she wrote: “I am a woman who leads a show that supports equality and feminism, empowerment, and fighting for what is right. I have always tried to conduct myself this way personally, as well. Sadly, the show and my career are a part of an industry that doesn’t always mirror these sentiments. This is heartbreaking, and at times makes me feel helpless. I know I’m not the only one who feels this way. But I’m an optimist. I believe lasting change is possible, and when people are mistreated, they should have a safe forum to speak their truth and always be heard. And when people commit crimes or harass others, they should always be held accountable — no matter what industry they work in or how much power they wield. I’ve spoken up about it in the past — publicly and not so publicly — and I’ll continue to do so. All of us should, without fear or shame. We all need to hold ourselves to a higher standard. So this week, I’ll head back to work on Supergirl even more committed to being a part of changing the norm by listening when people speak up, and refusing to accept an environment that is anything less than a safe, respectful and collaborative space.”
Below is the statement posted Sunday by Rickards …