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Andrew Kreisberg Suspended

By now, many of the Supergirl audience has heard of the allegations raised against Executive Producer Andrew Kreisberg. On Friday evening, Variety.com broke the story that 15 women and 4 men have brought allegations of sexual misconduct from Kreisberg. Out of fear of retaliation, the accusers asked not to be named in the article. However, the accusers range from extras to prominent show employees, as well as former and active employees. Warner Brothers TV Group issued this statement and action:

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.

The Arrowverse is a group of television shows comprised of Supergirl, Legends of, The Flash, and Arrow which are all produced by Berlanti Productions. Greg Berlanti and Production Company President Sarah Schechter offered this statement:

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.

Kreisberg has strongly denied the allegations and has gone on record to state his position. He is quoted as saying:

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.

The article continues with several quotes from the unnamed sources noting the nature and type of abuse that Kreisberg is accused of.


It is at this point we would like to note our site's point of view as Supergirl.tv. We apologize that it has taken us this long to offer our thoughts, but we gave this the necessary time and processing that we needed to personally do before forming our opinion. Upon hearing the news, we have remained in a state of shock and disappointment. As investigations continue, it important to keep in mind that there are those that strive to endlessly uphold the ideals of Supergirl herself. We believe that the users of this site and the community we've built here are one such group of people who understand the power and inspiration that Supergirl provides.

Although there are people in power who fail us by betraying the faith and trust given to them, there are hundreds more who continue to reform the industry itself, much like our own Girl of Steel, Melissa Benoist who added this statement via social media this evening:

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Remember that Supergirl has, and always will stand for:

“Hope, Help, and Compassion for All.”

~Kelsey Johnston

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Kelsey is the Marketing Manager for Supergirl.tv. She has been covering the Supergirl show since 2014 with her goof of a husband, Eric. "Staffer Kelsey" live tweets all episodes for the West Coast.

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#23 RememberCaptain Past 2017-11-13 17:29
There is the scene in an episode last year in which Supergirl and Mon-El have been carrying on, and the matter is revealed to the DEO. Jo'nn Jones reads the riot act on employee rules and HR filings. That was a good thing.
#22 RE: Andrew Kreisberg SuspendedTriggy 2017-11-13 09:13
Supergirl.Tv, I know you are the only one we all have here to getting close to the show's producers and all the others working, and thank you for describing to us how confident you are with the show runners Queller and Rovni.

We are all torn here, I can safely say, but I'm confident the show is in good hands and everything will be resolved whatever the outcome. All we can do is just wait and see, and after this is all and done, move on. More power to everyone.

Melissa's statement was eloquently made. She didn't name names and pointed any fingers, but the message was very clear. What a Supergirl!
+1 #21 RE: Andrew Kreisberg SuspendedBrierrose 2017-11-13 08:07
I haven’t spoken on this issue yet but feel ready to now. I don’t have much to add that hasn’t already been said but here goes. First Kesley well said, you and Eric have absolutely nothing to be sorry about for taking time to process your feelings rather than post a hasty response. Second the show will go on, let’s not act like the sky is falling. Third a through investigation takes time and we the public will likely never know the details. AK will be fired, reinstalled or step down that’s all we’ll know.

Lastly let’s take this as a wake up call to do everything in our power to insure the things described in these allegations don’t happen in our own workplaces and communities. That’s actual action we can do to make a real life difference and make the world a better place.
+1 #20 RE: Andrew Kreisberg SuspendedSupergirl.tv Admin 2017-11-13 07:53
Quoting Thalolli:
Dear Admins, I forget, did you ever meet Andrew personally, get to interview him?

We always wanted to. The closest we got was Paleyfest 2017 on the red carpet but he was pulled away before we could interview him. So no, we have no personal experience we could add to this.

That said, we have met Sarah Schechter several times and talked with her as well as Jessica Queller and Robert Rovner. I think I can confidently say that from Sarah’s point of view, she has complete faith in Jessica Queller and Robert Rovner to continue the standards of Supergirl in Andrew’s absence. While there will be a gap, Jessica and Robert have continued to step up and take on more when Supergirl (the show) has needed it from them.
+1 #19 RE: Andrew Kreisberg SuspendedThalolli 2017-11-13 07:18
That doesn't change that there should be a proper inquiry. Is anything of it criminally relevant? How many incidents are there? Maybe some of the 20 were witnesses to the same event. At what point should somebody have stepped in? Are there any people who would be entitled to compensation? And if the system of inquiry is broken (remember, Woody Allen I believe was legally cleared but most people don't buy it) then the system of inquiry has to be debated.
+1 #18 RE: Andrew Kreisberg SuspendedEmsmomm 2017-11-13 06:48
While I chose not to address Andrew’s guilt or innocence in this public forum I feel that we should keep in mind that these accusations take place daily within every industry and workplace, not just the entertainment industry. Let’s remember that sexual harassment is not about sex; it is about power. Everyone needs to start speaking up and making it clear to these perpetrators that their behavior will not be tolerated and is not acceptable.

I commend Melissa (and others) for speaking out…..it is time we put words to the crime. I also love Melissa’s optimism that lasting change is possible…it is something we should all strive for. Each of us has a responsibility to create healthy work environments for all.
+1 #17 RE: Andrew Kreisberg SuspendedBob 2017-11-13 06:42
The Weinstein episode has led to a wave of further revelations about men in positions of power in the entertainment industry taking liberties. The wall of silence is being dismantled. People are bravely stepping forward to share their stories of abuse and poor treatment, now with some hope of being heard. Due process is essential, as many here have pointed out. That said, almost twenty people have come forward. We must remember that loyalty to the Supergirl show does not confer immunity to its executives. I would argue the opposite, that the ideals of the show (nicely summarized in Melissa's statement) demand that those in positions of power be held to high standards. I'm disappointed that our show has been caught up in the storm of sexual harassment, but I am hopeful that it, and we, will emerge stronger in its wake.
+1 #16 RE: Andrew Kreisberg SuspendedTriggy 2017-11-13 06:08
I share the same sentiment as you both - it's sad to see AK guilty in the court of internet. I know of a podcaster even calling for WB to just believe the accusers and fire AK. How is that right?

I will just give both AK and the accusers the benefit of the doubt. :sigh:

Quoting RobertAnthony:
Quoting Fedguy:
And let nobody think I stand on the side of misogyny just because I said we should not rant at Andrew just yet. I am a progressive leftist through and through, I just think it isn't moral to peg someone as guilty until proven so.


Fedguy, I have yet to hear anything from any of the alleged witnesses. All that has been presented is just that AK has been suspended by Warners and 19 people have come forward. There has so far been no CONCRETE proof of assault.



How long will the investigation take? That is unknown. It would be shocking if anyone on the cast was affected by Kreisberg. But those calling for AK to be fired...innocent until proven guilty.

Warners has taken the proper step by suspending him, which means he can come back should the smoke clear.
+1 #15 RE: Andrew Kreisberg Suspendedmarkhb 2017-11-13 04:37
I know Lexi Alexander retweeted the story on Kreisberg with a note praising it. I'm interested in hearing more from her and Ali Adler.
+1 #14 RE: Andrew Kreisberg SuspendedRomulus 2017-11-13 03:19
Very good statement by Melissa. I hope the issue surrounding AK is addressed and resolved and that closure can be achieved if/when action is required.


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