After Warner Bros. suspended Andrew Kreisberg during an investigation into the producer’s sexual misconduct, The CW stars Emily Bett Rickards of Arrow and Supergirl’s Melissa Benoist broke their silence. Arrow’s Emily Bett Rickards released a statement via Twitter about this growing situation and its impacts on the industry as a whole:
To the men who committed harassment, and 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.
— Emily Bett Rickards (@EmilyBett) November 13, 2017
Emily isn’t the first of the Arrowverse extended family to come forward with a comment about the allegations against Andrew Kreisberg and sexual misconduct scandal sweeping through Hollywood. Supergirl’s Melissa Benoist made her own statement on Instagram:
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 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 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. 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
Currently, the Supergirl producer has been suspended by Warner Bros. according to a report by USA Today. Warner Bros. is performing an internal investigation into the allegations.
Kreisberg is one of the latest Hollywood producers to be accused to sexual harassment and misconduct. He joins X-Men: The Last Stand director and The Revenant producer Brett Ratner, who was accused by six women including X-Men: Apocalypse star Olivia Munn of sexual misconduct. Both Kreisberg and Ratner have denied the accusations.