Melissa Benoist is feeling “optimistic” that “lasting change is possible”, following the suspension of the co-creator of her hit show Supergirl amid allegations of sexual harassment.
Warner Bros. TV Group bosses have launched an investigation into claims made against Andrew Kreisberg, writing in a statement: “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.”
Kreisberg is the latest Hollywood power player to be accused of sexual misconduct, with Harvey Weinstein, James Toback, Brett Ratner and Kevin Spacey among the other names linked to the scandal sweeping the industry.
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. Sadly, the show and my career are part of an industry that doesn’t always mirror those 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.”
Melissa added that she has taken it upon herself to be part of “changing the norm”, concluding her post: “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 claims against Kreisberg were made in a piece by Variety, which saw 15 men and women coming forward with allegations about his behavior.
However, Kreisberg strongly denied the claims made in the magazine article, saying: “I have made comments on women’s appearances and clothes in my capacity as an executive producer, but they were not sexualized. Like many people, I have given someone a non-sexual hug or kiss on the cheek… I have proudly mentored both male and female colleagues for many years.”