Melissa Benoist is speaking out following the allegations against "Supergirl" EP Andrew Kreisberg
Andrew Kreisberg — an executive producer behind Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow — is the latest Hollywood power player to come under fire for alleged sexual harassment. And now, Supergirl star Melissa Benoist and other actresses from these superhero shows are making their voices heard on the matter.
15 women and four men came forward and accused Kreisberg of sexual harassment.
Variety published the report on Friday. Kreisberg has denied the allegations, but Warner Bros. Television suspended the producer and is investigating the claims. While Benoist never mentioned Kreisberg by name in her statement, the actress — who’s been vocal about her show’s feminist message in the past — went on to say, “When people commit crimes or harass others they should always be held accountable — no matter what industry they work in or how much power they wield.” She also said she’d head back to work on Supergirl this week, even more determined to speak up against these issues.
Here’s Benoist’s statement in full:
Benoist isn’t the only woman from Supergirl or The CW’s Arrowverse to speak out in the wake of the Kreisberg news. Supergirl co-star Chyler Leigh and Arrow‘s Emily Bett Rickards not only released their own statements via social media, they also supported each other’s sentiments as well, proving once again the power of women supporting other women.
Leigh and Rickards also didn’t name any names in their messages, but Rickards’ statement did seem to be specifically calling out a post from Marc Guggenheim, co-creator of Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow. Responding to a tweet in which Conan O’Brien called for an “all-female reboot of America,” Guggenheim wrote, “Sorry, but NO. Reverse sexism isn’t the answer. Painting all men with the Weinstein brush isn’t the answer.”
Rickards addressed reverse sexism specifically in her post:
In all the women’s statements, the point is clear: The brave women and men raising their voices, and amplifying the voices of others, in the face of those who would silence them to bring this systematic issue out of the shadows are the real superheroes.