Arrow's Emily Bett Rickards speaks out following E.P.'s suspension over sexual harassment claims
Arrow star Emily Bett Rickards spoke out Sunday following allegations of sexual harassment against executive producer Andrew Kreisberg.
“To the men who committed sexual harassment, who perpetuated rape culture, who turn a ‘blind eye,’ and complain about ‘reverse sexism’: You are weak and complicit,” Rickards tweeted. “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 statement comes shortly after Supergirl stars Melissa Benoist and Chyler Leigh weighed in on the allegations — and none of the three actresses addressed Kreisberg by name. In a report published by Variety on Friday, 19 anonymous people described their alleged sexual harassment experiences with the producer, who works on Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, and Supergirl. (He is more directly involved in the latter two.)
Kreisberg, who strongly denied the allegations, was suspended as Warner Bros. Television set out to investigate.
Warner Bros. Television released a statement regarding the allegations against Kreisberg late Friday: “We have recently been made aware of allegations of misconduct against Andrew Kreisberg,” the statement said. “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.”
Berlanti Productions, Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter’s production company behind the shows, also issued a statement Friday night: “We were recently made aware of some deeply troubling allegations regarding one of our showrunners. 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.”