One of the key architects of The CW’s Arrowverse has been suspended in the wake of sexual harassment allegations that allege he created a “toxic” work environment for female employees over the past several years.
Andrew Kreisberg, who serves as showrunner on The Flash and Supergirl, has been suspended pending an investigation by Warner Bros. TV Group into the numerous allegations. The issues were first reported by Variety in a piece citing 19 sources in and around production. Kreisberg is accused of asking for massages from female staff members, kissing women without permission, touching people without their permission, and a “constant stream” of sexualized comments.
In a statement, Warner Bros. TV Group said the studio takes the allegations “extremely seriously,” adding that officials are “committed to creating a safe working environment for our employees and everyone involved in our productions.” In a joint statement, Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter with Berlanti Productions (the studio over the CW’s DC shows) said they have been “encouraging and fully cooperating with the investigation.” The two added: "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.”
Supergirl star Melissa Benoist and Arrow star Emily Bett Rickards took to Twitter to also issue their own statements:
Meanwhile, Arrow star Stephen Amell posted a video message on Facebook that expressed his unyielding support for his costars while calling for "a safe, progressive, equal working environment.”
Along with serving as a showrunner on Flash and Supergirl, Kreisberg is also an executive producer on Arrow and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. The effect his suspension might have on the show creatively is not yet known, though all the DC series — including Flash and Supergirl — already have other co-showrunners in place.
Entertainment Weekly reports producers Jessica Queller and Robert Rovner already co-run Supergirl alongside Kreisberg, while producer Todd Helbing will likely take on the same role on The Flash in the interim. The studio has yet to comment on how the shows could be affected long-term in the wake of the Kreisberg investigation.