Arrow star Stephen Amell weighs in on E.P. suspension over sexual harassment claims
'If you're not an active part of the solution, then you are a part of the problem'
Stephen Amell has joined his co-stars in speaking out about the allegations of sexual harassment against executive producer Andrew Kreisberg, posting a video to his Facebook on Monday.
Here’s what Amell said via video, which you can watch here:
In his statement, Amell refers to comments from Arrow star Emily Bett Rickards, Legends star Caity Lotz, and Supergirl stars Melissa Benoist and Chyler Leigh, who each weighed in on the allegations — though none of the 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 Friday as Warner Bros. Television set out to investigate.
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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.”