"Again, I echo the statements made by my friend and coworker Emily Bett Rickards, Caity Lotz, Melissa Benoist and the chorus of others that have come forward and called for a safe, progressive, equal working environment".
The actress pointed out that as the star of a television series that sets out to support feminism and equality, she has always fought for what she believes is right - something she demonstrated in January when she took part in the Women's March. Some male staff also told Variety that they tried talking to Kreisberg about his conduct over the years but it had no effect. "Sadly, the show and my career are a part of an industry that doesn't always mirror these sentiments", she wrote on Twitter, alluding to Kreisberg. Kreisberg is accused of asking for massages from female staff members, kissing women without permission, touching people without their permission, and a "constant stream" of sexualized comments.
Supergirl actress Melissa Benoist is calling for "safe, respectful and collaborative" work spaces amid allegations of sexual harassment on the Vancouver-filmed show. The Variety report was based on 19 sources, who remained anonymous out of fear of retaliation.
Andrew Kreisberg, an executive producer of several CW shows-including Supergirl and Arrow-was suspended after 15 women and 4 men claimed that he sexually harassed and made inappropriate physical contact with them at work, according to Variety. But I'm an optimist.
Benoist then moved to advocate that people, including herself, should continue speaking up in the face of wrongdoing and to hold themselves to a higher standard. Warner Bros.is now conducting an internal investigation into the allegations.
As we said, Andrew Kreisberg is now suspended, rather than fired, from his position at The CW.
Exactly where the Kreisberg case goes from here remains to be seen, but following the statements from both Benoist and Rickards, it would be unusual to see him return to either of their respective shows in the future. Fortunately, the situation has changed, because DC and Warner Bros. have taken action against him.
Kreisberg has denied all the allegations in the Variety report. The news led execs at Warner Bros.to temporarily suspend the industry bigwig as the studio conducts an internal investigation. He also said, like others, "I have given someone a non-sexual hug or kiss on the cheek". To the women who found the strength to speak up, to the women who supported one another and to the women finding their voice: You can.