'Supergirl' star Melissa Benoist addresses EP's suspension over sexual harassment reports

Joann Johnston
November 13, 2017

The prolific producer - who also works on CW shows "The Flash", "Arrow" and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" - is now suspended after he was accused of sexual harassment and misconduct by 19 anonymous people. Warner Bros.is conducting an investigation with the cooperation of Berlanti Productions, which oversees the producer's shows. Some of the biggest names accused include Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey, whilst "Supergirl" series showrunner Andrew Kreisberg recently accused of sexual harassment by a number of women.

Now Melissa, who stars as Kara Danvers/Supergirl in the TV show, has released a statement referencing Kreisberg's suspension, tweeting on Sunday night (12Nov17): "I am a woman who leads a show that supports equality and feminism, empowerment, and fighting for what is right". "This is heartbreaking, and at times makes me feel helpless".

One woman said, "The workplace feels unsafe", and another woman added, "He scares people". But I'm an optimist. She goes on to talk about victims of harassment and how they should "always be heard". 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. Below you can see a tweet posted Sunday by Rickards. It shared the same core message as Benoist's but was somewhat more heated towards those who sexually harass women or those who are complicit in doing nothing about it.

In addition to being showrunner and co-showruner of The Flash and Supergirl respectively, Kreisberg is also a producer on Arrow and DC's Legends of Tomorrrow.

After a few days of silence on social media, Melissa Benoist and Emily Bett Rickards have both spoken out about the situation.

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"To the women who found the strength to speak up", she continued. "All of us should, without fear or shame".

Even if the behavior of one of the franchise's architects flies in the face of what the series teach us though, at least we know that the show's stars fully believe in what they portray on TV. Others mentioned that he would make comments about the appearance of female staff, how desirable they were and other sexual remarks. We all need to hold ourselves to a higher standard.

Kreisberg has denied all allegations of misconduct to Variety.

Benoist also says she'll work on "changing the norm" as she returns to the set of Supergirl "by listening when people speak up, and refusing to accept an environment that is anything less than a safe, respectful and collaborative space". One male writer claims Kreisberg showed him topless footage of a woman who was auditioning.

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