'Supergirl' celebrity Melissa Benoist on manufacturer's suspension, sexual misconduct research


Erin Jensen, USA TODAY
Revealed eight:12 a.m. ET Nov. thirteen, 2017 | Up to date eight:12 a.m. ET Nov. thirteen, 2017

Melissa Benoist, who performs a superhero onscreen, says she’s additionally dedicated to doing the correct factor in actual lifestyles.

Following the suspension of Andrew Kreisberg, an government on Benoist’s CW series Supergirl, in addition to Arrow, Legends of The next day and The Flash, the actress took to Twitter Sunday night.

Warner Bros. showed to USA TODAY Saturday in a observation supplied by way of spokesperson Tammy Golihew that the studio had suspended Kreisberg as a result of an inside research concerning sexual misconduct claims towards him.

Over the weekend, Selection stated that 15 ladies and 4 males have accused Kreisberg of sexual harassment and beside the point bodily touch. His alleged infractions come with touching and kissing ladies with out consent, requesting massages and making sexualized feedback. 

Benoist didn’t mention Kreisberg by way of name however expressed her discontent. 

“I’m a lady who leads a display that helps equality and feminism, empowerment, and preventing for what is true,” she stated. “I’ve all the time attempted to behavior myself this manner for my part, as smartly. Unfortunately, the display and my profession are part of an business that doesn’t all the time reflect those sentiments. That is heartbreaking, and from time to time makes me really feel helpless.

“I do know I’m now not the one person who feels this manner,” she endured. “However I’m an optimist. I consider lasting amendment is imaginable, and while individuals are mistreated, they will have to have a protected discussion board to talk their fact and all the time be heard. And while folks devote crimes or harass others they should always be held responsible — it doesn’t matter what business they paintings in or how so much energy they wield.

“I’ve spoken up approximately it up to now — publicly and now not so publicly — and I’ll proceed to take action,” she stated. “All folks will have to, with out worry or disgrace. All of us want to grasp ourselves to a better same old.

The previous Glee actress stated she can be lively in policing her set as smartly. 

“So this week, I’ll head again to paintings on Supergirl much more dedicated to being part of converting the norm by way of listening while other folks talk up, and refusing to simply accept an atmosphere that may be anything else not up to a protected, respectful and collaborative area.”

USA TODAY reached out to Kreisberg’s rep for remark after studying of the research.  In a observation to Selection, he denied any beside the point touching or massages and informed the hole, “I’ve made feedback on women’s appearances and garments in my capability as an government manufacturer, however they weren’t sexualized. Like many of us, I’ve given any person a non-sexual hug or kiss at the cheek.”

Contributing: Sara M Moniuszko

Listing: Hollywood energy gamers accused of sexual misconduct 

Extra: Hollywood march towards sexual harassment attracts loads


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