Su­per­hero stars use their pow­ers

Ac­tresses take on hol­ly­wood sex­ual ha­rass­ment

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ac­tresses who star on some of Tv’s top su­per­hero shows aren’t nam­ing names. but in the wake of the Warner bros. sus­pen­sion last week of pro­ducer andrew Kreis­berg af­ter al­le­ga­tions about his be­hav­iour, sev­eral per­form­ers in dc Comics-based Tv shows are speak­ing out against sex­ual ha­rass­ment in hol­ly­wood.

Their state­ments come af­ter their big-screen su­per­hero sis­ters ellen Page and anna Paquin have been tak­ing on pro­ducer-di­rec­tor brett rat­ner in the wake of an l.a. Times re­port of sex­ual mis­con­duct al­le­ga­tions against him.

“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,” melissa benoist, the ti­tle star of su­per­girl, said on Twit­ter.

su­per­girl cast­mate Chyler leigh fol­lowed up on in­sta­gram, be­gin­ning with a maya an­gelou quote to urge women to sup­port each other: “each time a woman stands up for her­self, with­out know­ing it pos­si­bly, with­out claim­ing it, she stands up for all women.”

and emily bett rickards from ar­row tweeted: “To the men who com­mit­ted sex­ual ha­rass­ment, who per­pet­u­ated rape cul­ture, who turn a ‘blind eye,’ and com­plain about ‘re­v­erse sex­ism’: you are weak and com­plicit.”

rickards’ tweet also ad­dressed women who are shar­ing their sto­ries of as­sault and ha­rass­ment: “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.”

Kreis­berg, an ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer, works on the se­ries su­per­girl, The Flash, ar­row and dc’s le­gends of To­mor­row.

The Warner bros. Tele­vi­sion Group be­gan in­ves­ti­gat­ing the al­le­ga­tions against Kreis­berg af­ter va­ri­ety re­ported last Fri­day that 19 peo­ple de­scribed ex­pe­ri­ences of ha­rass­ment they said Kreis­berb com­mit­ted, in­clud­ing in­ap­pro­pri­ate touch­ing and fos­ter­ing a toxic work en­vi­ron­ment.

Kreis­berg de­nied the al­le­ga­tions, telling va­ri­ety: “i have made com­ments on women’s ap­pear­ances and clothes in my ca­pac­ity as an ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer, but they were not sex­u­al­ized.”

Warner bros. Tele­vi­sion says it is con­duct­ing an in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the al­le­ga­tions.

To the men who com­mit­ted sex­ual ha­rass­ment, who per­pet­u­ated rape cul­ture, who turn a ‘blind eye,’ and com­plain about ‘re­v­erse sex­ism’: You are weak and com­plicit.”

tweet from emily Bett rickards

ber­lanti Pro­duc­tions, the stu­dio be­hind those su­per­hero se­ries, said: “We were re­cently made aware of some deeply trou­bling al­le­ga­tions re­gard­ing one of our showrun­ners. We have been en­cour­ag­ing and fully co-op­er­at­ing with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into this by Warner bros.

and Page six re­ported last week, cit­ing only an un­named in­dus­try source, that Won­der Woman star Gal Gadot had is­sued an ul­ti­ma­tum to try to force rat­ner off any Won­der Woman se­quel. on mon­day, Warner bros. told busi­ness in­sider the Page six re­port was “false.”

Cana­dian ac­tress Emily Bett Rickards

Ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Andrew Kreis­berg

Chyler Leigh

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