×

‘Arrow’ Star Stephen Amell Speaks Out on EP’s Suspension for Sexual Harassment

Arrow” star Stephen Amell has weighed in on the suspension of  executive producer Andrew Kreisberg amid allegations of sexual harassment.

In a a video posted to Facebook, the actor voiced his willingness to help with any investigation into the claims, and his solidarity with his castmates. “If you’re not an active part of the solution, then you are a part of the problem,” he said.

Variety reported on Friday that Kreisberg had been suspended by Warner Bros. TV following an investigation into alleged misconduct. The story included allegations from 19 people, who reported incidents of inappropriate touching, asking for massages, kissing women without permission, and a constant stream of sexualized comments about women’s appearances. Kreisberg has denied the allegations.

Following the news, several stars who’ve worked on shows under Kreisberg — including Melissa Benoist and Chyler Leigh (“Supergirl”), Emily Bett Rickards (“Arrow”), and Caity Lotz (“Legends of Tomorrow”) took to social media to weigh in, though none mentioned Kreisberg by name.

“I have no interest in speaking about an ongoing investigation … other than to say WB is conducting an investigation into what is being alleged against one of the producers on our show, and if they need my help in any way, shape or form, they will get it,” Amell said in the video. “I thought that it was appropriate before I spoke to you or before I spoke publicly, to speak with our cast and our crew, which I got the chance to do this morning. I certainly can’t pontificate in an eloquent way or in such a succinct manner like Emily did, like Melissa did, like Caity Lotz did. I stand behind and fully support everything that they said. Our biggest asset on ‘Arrow’ is our crew, and further more, 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 them this morning, and I tell you now — and I meant it — that if anyone ever feels anything less than 100 percent safe, or anyone feels as through they aren’t allowed to express themselves and be the person that they are, that they should come to whomever they are supposed to go to and that I’ll stand right besides them, right behind them, I’ll speak on their behalf if need be,” he continued. “I also think that in situations like this if you’re not an active part of the solution, then you are a part of the problem. Period. That’s it. We do our best to have the best possible work environment. We will continue to do so. Again, I echo the statements made by my friend and co-worker 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.”

Watch the full video below:

 

 

 

 

More Biz

  • Walt Disney Archives Founder Dave Smith

    Walt Disney Archives Founder Dave Smith Dies at 78

    Walt Disney Archives founder Dave Smith, the historian who spent 40 years cataloging and preserving the company’s legacy of entertainment and innovation, died Friday in Burbank, Calif. He was 78. Smith served as Disney’s chief archivist from 1970 to 2010. He was named a Disney Legend in 2007 and served as a consultant to the [...]

  • Colin Kaepernick Kneel

    Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid Reach Settlement With NFL

    Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid, two football players who alleged the National Football League colluded to oust them from the game after they started kneeling in protest of racial inequality during the playing of the national anthem, have reached a settlement in the matter, according to a statement from the sports organization and lawyers representing [...]

  • R. Kelly

    R. Kelly Could Be in ‘Big Trouble’ Over Alleged New Sex Tape, Attorney Says

    Strong allegations of sexual misconduct have followed R. Kelly for 25 years, but the singer has always managed to slip free. Yet reports that a videotape of him sexually assaulting an underage girl, combined with the outcry surrounding the Lifetime documentary “Surviving R. Kelly,” means that public sentiment, at the very least, is definitely not [...]

  • Christian Bale as Dick Cheney in

    New Media Residuals and Feature Films Contribute to Spike in Writers' Pay

    The outlook for members of the Writers Guild of America has brightened — even amid pervasive uncertainty in the entertainment industry. According to the most recent report to WGA West members, earnings surged 2.8% to $1.41 billion in 2017, thanks mostly to gains in feature films and new-media residuals. Total covered earnings for WGA West [...]

  • Joe Dante Gremlins

    Hollywood Execs Seek Licensing Deals at the New York Toy Fair

    On Feb. 16 more than 30,000 studio executives, buyers and toy company reps will gather in Manhattan for the annual Toy Fair New York, all vying for market share and trying to snag the latest hot trend in a fast-changing industry. Those working the film side of the business will focus much of their attention [...]

  • Lady Gaga Bradley Cooper A Star

    Universal Music Group Fuels 11.3% Rise in Vivendi's 2018 Revenues

    Vivendi’s revenues were up 11.3% to €13.93 billion ($15.7 billion) in 2018, powered by Universal Music Group, which delivered such hits as the “A Star Is Born” soundtrack and Drake’s new album. UMG’s revenues climbed by 10% to €6 billion ($6.8 billion) compared to 2017. On top of the “A Star Is Born” soundtrack, the [...]

  • The Blacklist 100th Episode

    'The Blacklist' EP Sues for Wrongful Termination

    A former executive producer of the NBC show “The Blacklist” has filed suit against Sony, alleging he was fired after being wrongfully blamed for a workplace scuffle. Michael Watkins is a veteran TV director and cinematographer. He was an executive producer for several seasons of “The Blacklist,” the NBC crime show starring James Spader. According [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content