Over the weekend, Supergirl producer Andrew Kreisberg, who also produces all of the other Arrowverse shows such as Arrow, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow, was accused by 15 women and four men of sexual harassment, and now the star of Supergirl, Melissa Benoist, is speaking out. The allegations have lead to the producer being suspended from all of his shows by the Warner Bros. TV Group, with Berlanti Productions' Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter issuing their own statement revealing that they are cooperating with the investigation that was launched by the Warner Bros. TV Group. While she doesn't mention Andrew Kreisberg by name, Melissa Benoist's statement is clearly a reflection on the allegations brought forth against him. Here's what the actress had to say in her full statement below.
"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. 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 trust 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. 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."
The actress' Arrowverse colleague, and crossover co-star, Emily Bett Rickards, who plays Felicity Smoak on Arrow, also released a statement over the weekend. Much like Melissa Benoist's statement, she avoided mentioning Andrew Kreisberg by name, but called anyone who committed harassment or those who turned a blind eye, "weak and complicit," while praising those who have come forward. Here's what she had to say below.
"To the men who committed harassment, who perpetuated rape culture, who turn a 'blind eye,' and complain about 'reverse sexism': you are weak and complicit. 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."
The 15 women and four men who came forward with sexual harassment allegations against Andrew Kreisberg would not reveal their identities for fear of retaliation, although they all claimed that they were all touched without permission, with the producer frequently asking for massages from uncomfortable female staff members. This lead to what was described as a "toxic" work environment where many female staffers would simply leave a room every time Andrew Kreisberg would enter. Take a look at the statements below from Melissa Benoist's Twitter and Emily Bett Rickards' Twitter along with some tweets of support from Supergirl star Chyler Leigh.
Love you Sis 👭 https://t.co/6nyltFUJrM— Chyler Leigh (@chy_leigh) November 13, 2017
With you, Lady ❤️ https://t.co/oIcCn8QIaC— Chyler Leigh (@chy_leigh) November 13, 2017