Ar­row star of­fers sup­port amid al­le­ga­tions

Times Colonist - - Arts -

VAN­COU­VER — Cana­dian Ar­row star Stephen Amell is of­fer­ing to help “in any way, shape or form” as Warner Bros. Tele­vi­sion Group in­ves­ti­gates al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual ha­rass­ment against an ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer for a num­ber of Van­cou­ver-shot su­per­hero shows.

Andrew Kreis­berg has been sus­pended from his work on Ar­row, Su­per­girl, The Flash and Le­gends of To­mor­row amid ac­cu­sa­tions of sex­ual ha­rass­ment and in­ap­pro­pri­ate touch­ing from 19 for­mer and cur­rent em­ploy­ees.

In a video posted on his Face­book page, Amell said he of­fered his sup­port to the Ar­row cast and crew on Mon­day morn­ing.

Amell stressed to them that “if any­one ever feels any­thing less than 100 per cent safe or any­one feels as though they aren’t al­lowed to ex­press them­selves and be the per­son that they are, that they should come to whomever they’re sup­posed to go to and that I’ll stand right be­side them, right be­hind them.”

“I’ll speak on their be­half, if need be,” said the Toronto na­tive, who starred in Teenage Mu­tant Ninja Tur­tles: Out of the Shad­ows.

“I also think that in sit­u­a­tions like this, if you’re not an ac­tive part of the so­lu­tion, then you are a part of the prob­lem, pe­riod.”

The ac­cu­sa­tions against Kreis­berg were first re­ported by Va­ri­ety, which did not iden­tify the 15 women and four men, who said they feared re­tal­i­a­tion.

Kreis­berg told 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.”

Kreis­berg’s lawyer didn’t im­me­di­ately re­turn an email seek­ing com­ment Tues­day.

Both Ber­lanti Pro­duc­tions and Warner Bros. re­leased state­ments stress­ing they’re com­mit­ted to cre­at­ing a safe work­ing en­vi­ron­ment for em­ploy­ees and those in­volved in pro­duc­tions.

Amell said he stands be­hind and fully sup­ports the pub­lic state­ments made by Ar­row star Emily Bett Rickards and Su­per­girl star Melissa Benoist about the al­le­ga­tions.

“Our big­gest as­set on Ar­row is our crew, and fur­ther­more, their big­gest strength and our big­gest strength is work­ing on it as a team,” said Amell.

“I think that we can do this be­cause we pro­mote and we cham­pion a safe and progressive work en­vi­ron­ment.”

Ac­tor Stephen Amell: “In sit­u­a­tions like this, if you’re not an ac­tive part of the so­lu­tion, then you are a part of the prob­lem, pe­riod.”

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