You can add another man to the list of those being outed as sexual harassers. According to Variety, Warner Bros. TV Group has been made aware of allegations of inappropriate behavior by Arrow, Supergirl, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow executive producer Andrew Kreisberg.
The producer has reportedly “engaged in a pattern of alleged sexual harassment and inappropriate physical contact over a period of years.” Among the accusers are 15 women and four men who have worked with him, all of whom wished to remain unnamed for fear of retaliation.
The behavior in question from Kreisberg consists of him frequently touching people without permission, asking for massages from female staff members, and kissing women without their permission. He’s also reportedly made sexualized comments about “women’s appearances, their clothes, and their perceived desirability.”
Regarding this, executive producers Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter said in a joint statement:
“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.”
Kreisberg has denied allegations, saying to Variety:
“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.”
Many disagree, and many in the crew say that he creates a “toxic” environment, that he makes the workplace feel unsafe, and that he scares people.
Kreisberg has been suspended by the studio, and the whole matter is currently under investigation.
Since then, Supergirl stars Melissa Benoist and Chyler Leigh have taken to social media:
— Melissa Benoist (@MelissaBenoist) November 13, 2017
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
Arrow star Emily Rickards also took to social media, saying:
— Emily Bett Rickards (@EmilyBett) November 13, 2017
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SOURCE: Variety, Various