'If you're not an active part of the solution, then you are a part of the problem'

By Natalie Abrams
November 13, 2017 at 06:10 PM EST
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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:

“I have no interest in speaking about an ongoing investigation … other than to say WB is conducting an investigation into what is being alleged against one of the producers on our show, and if they need my help in any way, shape or form, they will get it. I thought that it was appropriate before I spoke to you or before I spoke publicly, to speak with our cast and our crew, which I got the chance to do this morning. I certainly can’t pontificate in an eloquent way or in such a succinct manner like Emily did, like Melissa did, like Caity Lotz did. I stand behind and fully support everything that they said. Our biggest asset on Arrow is our crew, and further more, their biggest strength and our biggest strength is working on it as a team. I think that we can do this because we promote and we champion a safe and progressive work environment. I told them this morning, and I tell you now — and I meant it — that if anyone ever feels anything less than 100 percent safe, or anyone feels as through they aren’t allowed to express themselves and be the person that they are, that they should come to whomever they are supposed to go to and that I’ll stand right besides them, right behind them, I’ll speak on their behalf if need be. I also think that in situations like this if you’re not an active part of the solution, then you are a part of the problem. Period. That’s it. We do our best to have the best possible work environment. We will continue to do so. Again, I echo the statements made by my friend and co-worker Emily Bett Rickards, Caity Lotz, Melissa Benoist and the chorus of others that have come forward and called for a safe, progressive, equal working environment.”

In his statement, Amell refers to comments from Arrow star Emily Bett RickardsLegends 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 TomorrowThe 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.”

Billionaire Oliver Queen — under the vigilante persona of Arrow — tries to right the wrongs of his family and fight the ills of society.
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