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Supergirl & Arrow Stars Speak Out Following Andrew Kreisberg’s Sexual Harassment Suspension

November 12, 2017 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Supergirl and Arrow’s Melissa Benoist, Chyler Leigh and Emily Bett Rickards have spoken out following an Arrowverse EP’s sexual harassment suspension. Benoist, who plays the titular role on Supergirl, took to Twitter to speak publicly for the first time since Andrew Kreisberg, who is an EP on the Arrowverse shows and showrunner for The Flash, was suspended amidst investigation for multiple sexual harassment incidents.

“I am a woman who leads a show that supports equality and feminism, empowerment, and fighting for what is right. I have always tried to conduct myself this way personally, as well. Sadly the show and my career are a part of an industry that doesn’t always mirror these sentiments,” Benoist said. “This is heartbreaking, and at times makes me feel helpless. I know I’m not the only one who feels this way. But I’m an optimist. I believe lasting change is possible, and when people are mistreated, they should have a safe forum to speak their truth and always be heard. And 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. I’ve spoken up about it in the past — publicly and not so publicly — and I’ll continue to do so. All of us should, without fear or shame. We all need to hold ourselves to a higher standard. So this week, I’ll head back to work on Supergirl even more committed to being a part of changing the norm by listening when people speak up, and refusing to accept an environment that is anything less than a safe, respectful and collaborative space.”

Leigh, who plays Kara’s sister Alex, also posted to social media, saying to Instagram: “Each time a woman stands up for herself, without know it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women” — before adding: “Let’s stand up, ladies. Lets stand up FOR each other. Let’s stand up WITH each other. Let’s #CreateChange together.”

Meanwhile Rickards, who plays Felicity Smoak, said, “To the men who committed harassment, who perpetuated rape culture, who turn a ‘blind eye’ and complain about ‘reverse sexism’: you are weak and complicit. To the women who found the strength to speak up, to the women who supported one another and to the women finding their voice: You can. You are heroines.”