Warner Bros. Television Group has suspended Andrew Kreisberg, showrunner of The Flash and co-showrunner of Supergirl, following allegations of sexual harassment and inappreopriate physical contact by over a dozen co-workers, according to Variety.
“We have recently been made aware of allegations of misconduct against Andrew Kreisberg,” said Warner Bros. TV Group in a statement to Variety. “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.”
The allegations include kissing, unapproved touching, sexualized comments, and asking for massages.
Variety cites 19 sources with details of misconduct by Kreisberg, however all said they didn't report it to the company and aksed to remain anonymous in the story "for fear of retaliation." The victims are described as current or former employees of shows Kreisberg has worked on.
“I have made comments on women’s appearances and clothes in my capacity as an executive producer, but they were not sexualized," Kreisberg told Variety. "Like many people, I have given someone a non-sexual hug or kiss on the cheek.”
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. In 2015, he signed a multi-year deal with Warner Bros. TV Group.
The shows are overseen by Berlanti Productions, which has also made a statment.
“We were recently made aware of some deeply troubling allegations regarding one of our showrunners,” said company heads Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter, in a joint statement. “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.”
Supergirl star Melissa Benoist tweeted a statement following the news of Kreisberg's alleged misconduct and his suspension.
“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," Benoist wrote. "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 their wield.”
“I’ve spoken up about it in the past - publicly and not so publicly - and I’ll continue to do so,” continued the actor. “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 commited 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 place."
None of the parties have noted who will be replacing Kreisberg on the affected shows, or if production will be suspended at all due to the change-over.