Arrow & Supergirl Stars Speak Out About Sexual Assault Accusations Made Against Showrunner

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Lately, it’s been like we’re living in an endless string of sexual assault allegations, and one of the latest involves the man responsible for so many of our favorite comic book shows on The CW. On Friday, executive producer Andrew Kreisberg — who works on shows like SupergirlArrow, The Flashand Legends of Tomorrow — was suspended by Warner Bros. after allegations of misconduct came out against him, and now, some of the stars of the show are coming forward to share their support for his accusers.

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According to Variety, Andrew has allegedly assaulted 15 women and four men who have worked with him over the years. Reportedly, these people have worked with him (or are currently working with him) on the CW shows he runs and were worried Warner Bros. could retaliate against them, but it seems like that’s not the case at all. In fact, they’ve launched an investigation into these allegations, as well as releasing the following statement when the news first broke:

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.

And now, some of the actors who have worked on his shows have made statements of their own. Melissa Benoist, the star of Supergirl, shared her thoughts on Instagram, where she promised to help keep the set of her show a safe place.


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Emily Bett Rickards, who plays a starring role, Felicity, on Arrow also shared a statement of her own on Twitter, emphasizing how strong women have to be to talk about their experiences with sexual assault.

Ironically enough, none of the men on these shows have spoken out about the allegations against Andrew, including Grant Gustin and Stephen Amell, who star on Arrow and The Flash, respectively. As awesome as it is that Melissa and Emily have spoken regarding Andrew’s suspension, it’s a bummer that the men of The CW aren’t showing their support, too. (Publicly, at least.) Their silence speaks loudly, and if they’re going to denounce their EP’s alleged actions, they should do it soon.

Hopefully, the Warner Bros. investigation goes smoothly and is able to get to the bottom of the situation quickly. No one should have to deal with being harassed at work, and the fact that the company seems to be taking these allegations so seriously is a good first step to bringing that kind of behavior to an end.

[UPDATE 11/14: Both Grant Gustin and Stephen Amell have shown their support for victims of sexual violence and harrassment in an Instagram post and Facebook video, respectively]