Things are starting to change in the entertainment industry. Following Harvey Weinstein's sexual assault scandal, a number of men in the industry have been called out on their predatory behavior, and the list keeps growing with each passing day. One of the latest individuals to be accused of sexual harassment is Andrew Kreisberg, showrunner for The Flash, Supergirl, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow.
In a recent article published by Variety, 19 people anonymous sources involved in the Arrowverse accused Kreisberg of sexual harassment. According to the report, Kreisberg groped women and kissed them without their consent on a number of occasions. He also allegedly asked for massages from uncomfortable staff members and made constant sexual comments toward female employees regarding "their clothes, and their perceived desirability."
His behavior reportedly got worse when he became an executive producer on a number of shows. Fortunately, the situation has changed, because DC and Warner Bros. have taken action against him.
Andrew Kreisberg Has Been Suspended From Warner Bros.
In a statement released through Variety, #WarnerBros. TV group revealed that Kreisberg had been suspended, and that an investigation into his alleged behavior is currently taking place: "We have recently been made aware of allegations of misconduct against Andrew Kreisberg. We have suspended Mr. Kreisberg and are conducting an internal investigation. We take all allegations of misconduct extremely seriously, and are committed to creating a safe working environment for our employees and everyone involved in our productions."
Furthermore, #GregBerlanti and Sarah Schechter, heads of Berlanti Productions, stated that they had been cooperating with Warner Bros. with its investigation, and discussed the importance of having a safe work environment for everyone:
"We were recently made aware of some deeply troubling allegations regarding one of our showrunners. We have been encouraging and fully cooperating with the investigation into this by Warner Bros. There is nothing more important to us than the safety and well-being of our cast, crew, writers, producers and any staff. We do not tolerate harassment and are committed to doing everything we can to make an environment that’s safe to work in and safe to speak up about if it isn't."
Speaking to Variety, Kreisberg denied the accusations, stating that his alleged actions weren't sexual in nature, but affectionate: "I have made comments on women's appearances and clothes in my capacity as an executive producer, but they were not sexualized. Like many people, I have given someone a non-sexual hug or kiss on the cheek. I have proudly mentored both male and female colleagues for many years. But never in what I believe to be an unwanted way and certainly never in a sexual way."
Despite his claims, though, prominent stars from the #Arrowverse have already taken to social media to address the situation.
Melissa Benoist And Emily Bett Rickards Took To Social Media To Speak Out Against Sexual Harassment
Shortly after the allegations against Kreisberg came out, two stars from the small-screen superhero franchise took to social media to address the matter. Supergirl's #MelissaBenoist shared a post on Instagram and Twitter:
The actress shared her desire to see a change in society, and revealed that she was going back to work on #Supergirl to help be part of that change. Meanwhile, #EmilyBettRickards, who plays Felicity Smoak on Arrow, also took to social media to speak her mind on the matter:
Without naming names, the actress condemned the men responsible for sexual harassment and showed her support for women who've endured or are currently enduring sexual harassment.
#CaityLotz, who portrays the White Canary in Legends of Tomorrow, posted a message of support for victims of sexual assault on her Twitter profile:
Most recently, Arrow's #StephenAmell also chimed in. The actor posted a video on Facebook, where he said he talked to his fellow Arrowverse castmates and gave his support to victims who wished to speak out on their harassment:
"Our biggest asset on 'Arrow' is our crew. Furthermore, their biggest strength and our biggest strength, is working on it as a team. I think that we can do this because we promote and we champion a safe and progressive work environment. I told [his cast members] this morning [...] that if anyone ever feels anything less than 100 percent safe or anyone feels as though they aren't allowed to express themselves and be the person that they are, that they should come to whomever they’re supposed to go to, and that I'll stand right beside them, right behind [them]."
How #DC and Warner Bros. will proceed with Kreisberg at this point is unknown, but it's great to finally see a change in the industry. As Variety's report reveals, at first, none of the sources in the article reported the incidents to HR for fears of retaliation. People need a way to speak out against harassment without fear of losing their jobs or livelihood, so it's truly amazing to see that cases like Harvey Weinstein or Kevin Spacey have given people a voice to defend themselves and fight against injustice.