“Supergirl” star Melissa Benoist has released a statement on Twitter calling for safe workplaces and for harassers to be held accountable. “Supergirl” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg was suspended Friday by Warner Bros. TV Group while the studio conducts an investigation of multiple allegations of sexual harassment against him. However, Benoist did not mention a specific name or reason in her tweet.
“I am a woman who leads a show that supports equality and feminism, empowerment, and fighting for what is right,” she wrote, “Sadly, the show and my career are part of an industry that doesn’t always mirror these sentiments.”
“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.
“So this week, I’ll head back to 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,” she wrote.
“Arrow” star Emily Bett Rickards also weighed in, referencing a tweet from “Arrow” co-showrunner Marc Guggenheim. Guggenheim was responding to a tweet from Conan O’Brien that said, “I’m ready for the all-female reboot of America.” Guggenheim, apparently taking O’Brien’s tweet literally, objected that “reverse sexism” isn’t the answer. Rickards tweeted that men who complain about reverse sexism are “weak and complicit.”
Kreisberg, who also is exec producer on CW shows “Arrow,” “The Flash” and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” is alleged by 19 people to have asked for massages from female staff members, made continuous sexual comments, and created an extremely uncomfortable work environment, particularly for female staffers.
He denied to Variety that any inappropriate touching or massages occurred.