After Arrowverse co-creator and executive producer Andrew Kreisberg was suspended by Warner Bros. after sexual harassment allegations, several Arrowverse stars have put out statements.
Melissa Benoist, who plays Kara Danvers/Supergirl, says in a tweeted statement, “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.”
She continues, “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.”
Benoist concludes, “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.”
— Melissa Benoist (@MelissaBenoist) November 13, 2017
Additionally, Emily Bett Rickards, who plays Felicity Smoak on Arrow, tweeted her own statement, saying, “To the men who committed sexual harassment, who perpetuated rape culture, who turn a ‘blind eye,’ and complain about ‘reverse sexism’: You are weak and complicit.”
She adds, “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. You are heroines.”
— Emily Bett Rickards (@EmilyBett) November 13, 2017
Chyler Leigh, who plays Alex Danvers on Supergirl retweeted both Benoist’s and Rickards’s messages with her support as well as posted her own messages on Instagram.
First, she quoted Maya Angelou: “Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.” Then she declared, “Let’s stand up Ladies. Lets stand up FOR each other. Let’s stand up WITH each other. Let’s #createchange together #sheroes”
In a separate message, Leigh shared a picture of herself hugging a dog and wrote, “In the wake of a turbulent week… Love is always the best medicine. This is Drift. Drift is my friend. He came up to me the other night and insisted on this hug. He knew I needed one. And I accepted.”
She goes on, “Accept love when you need it, Friends. You deserve to be valued and treated with respect and we all need a shoulder to lean on sometimes. Thank you @christophrwood for introducing me to this (not so) little gentleman and bringing him to our home on set. I do love him so. (Don’t know if me or #AlexDanvers needed this more) #puppylove #evenabadassneedsahug
In the wake of a turbulent week… Love is always the best medicine. This is Drift. Drift is my friend. He came up to me the other night and insisted on this hug. He knew I needed one. And I accepted. Accept love when you need it, Friends. You deserve to be valued and treated with respect and we all need a shoulder to lean on sometimes. Thank you @christophrwood for introducing me to this (not so) little gentleman and bringing him to our home on set. I do love him so. (Don’t know if me or #AlexDanvers needed this more) #puppylove #evenabadassneedsahug
Warner Bros. TV Group released the following statement after suspending Kreisberg: “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.”
Additionally, Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter released their own statement: “We were recently made aware of some deeply troubling allegations regarding one of our showrunner. 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.”
Kreisberg has denied the allegations against him.