UPDATE (November 29): Warner Bros. Television has fired Andrew Kreisberg after investigating the multiple sexual harassment allegations.
The studio released the following statement: “After a thorough investigation, Warner Bros. Television Group has terminated Andrew Kreisberg’s employment, effective immediately. Greg Berlanti will assume additional responsibilities on both ‘The Flash,’ where he will work closely with executive producer/co-showrunner Todd Helbing, and ‘Supergirl,’ where he will work closely with executive producers/co-showrunners Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller. We remain committed to providing a safe working environment for our employees and everyone involved in our productions.”
Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter, whose Berlanti Productions produces the shows with Warner Bros., also released their own statement: “Warner Bros. Television Group recently concluded its investigation into the allegations against Andrew Kreisberg. We encouraged and supported this investigation, we believe and support the individuals who came forward, and we agree with the studio’s decision. Nothing is more important to us than the safety and well-being of all our colleagues — coworkers, crew and staff alike.”
Earlier: Andrew Kreisberg, who executive-produces “Supergirl” and “Arrow,” has been suspended by Warner Bros. TV Group as the studio investigates allegations of sexual harassment made against him. Variety reports that, “according to 15 women and four men who have worked with him,” Kreisberg has “engaged in a pattern of alleged sexual harassment and inappropriate physical contact over a period of years.”
“We have recently been made aware of allegations of misconduct against Andrew Kreisberg,” Warner Bros. TV Group said in a statement provided to Variety. “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.”
Kreisberg, who also serves as an executive producer on “The Flash” and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” denies the allegations. Variety’s report adds that, according to its 19 sources, he’s accused of “frequently touching people without their permission, asking for massages from uncomfortable female staff members, and kissing women without asking. Almost every source cites a constant stream of sexualized comments about women’s appearances, their clothes, and their perceived desirability.”
In his denial, Kreisberg told Variety that “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.”
One woman who spoke to Variety said that “the workplace feels unsafe,” while another claimed that Kreisberg “scares people.” Read the full report here.