At this point it’s no longer just a daily occurrence of various individuals in power within the entertainment industry who are losing their jobs or being outed for sexual misconduct, it’s almost becoming an hourly occurrence. Following close on the heels of DC Comics suspending group editor Eddie Berganza for alleged sexual misconduct dating back for almost a decade, on November 10th, 2017 the Warner Bros., group issued a statement that executive producer and co-creator of The Flash, Supergirl and Arrow has been suspended.
Deadline has the statement from the network, which explains…
“We have recently been made aware of allegations of misconduct against Andrew Kreisberg,” […] “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.”
This was followed up by additional statements from principal executives Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter from Berlanti Productions, who stated…
“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,” they 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.”
This follows on allegations from 15 women and four men who have come forward against Kreisberg for alleged sexual misconduct.
According to Variety, sources explained to them that he frequently and repeatedly engaged in unwanted touching, kissing, and asking female staff for massages. Others mentioned that he would make comments about the appearance of female staff, how desirable they were and other sexual remarks.
Kreisberg denied the claims, telling Variety…
“I have made comments on women’s appearances and clothes in my capacity as an executive producer, but they were not sexualized. Like many people, I have given someone a non-sexual hug or kiss on the cheek.
“I have proudly mentored both male and female colleagues for many years. But never in what I believe to be an unwanted way and certainly never in a sexual way,”
None of the alleged victims went to human resources about Kreisberg’s conduct because they felt that they would “pay the price” for putting a spotlight on Kreisberg’s behavior. Some male staff also told Variety that they tried talking to Kreisberg about his conduct over the years but it had no effect.
The irony in this is that Kreisberg was one of the many within the entertainment industry who joined in on bashing Trump for his locker room talk.
Life comes at you faster than The Flash. pic.twitter.com/Kkuyjwvx35
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) November 12, 2017
— LoT Writers Room (@LoTWritersRoom) October 21, 2017
The tweet from the Legends of Tomorrow writers room – one of the departments where Kreisberg used to oversee – was posted up on October 20th, 2017. Less than a month later and now it looks like Kreisberg is suffering the consequences of actions that he and his writing staff criticized Trump for.