Robert Knepper will continue to serve his stint on iZombie after WBTV announced they found no evidence of wrongdoing after an internal investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against the actor. The actor has been playing the role of Angus McDonough for quite a while now, but has only been promoted to a series regular starting season 4.
Last month, sexual harassment allegations against Knepper came to light after costume designer Susan Bertram came out and shared her claims. Based on her story, the actor assaulted her on the set of the film Gas Food Lodging in 1991. While she was able to get away from his forceful grasp, the experience left her rattled and definitely traumatized. As like any responsible company, WBTV looked into it and did not find anything with regard to something similar happening on the set of iZombie.
Variety breaks out the story with a statement from WBTV explaining why they have decided to keep the Prison Break alum in his post at The CW zombie-themed series. You can read the full presser below:
“We were deeply concerned about recent allegations regarding Robert Knepper. As a result, we conducted an internal inquiry with some of the cast and crew of iZOMBIE. We found no evidence of wrongdoing on the set of the show. We have taken and will continue to take appropriate measures to ensure the safety and well-being of all involved, which is our top priority.”
From the statement, it appears that the investigation only looked into Knepper’s current behavior on the set of iZombie and by no means confirm nor deny the allegations previously made by Bertram. It’s a tricky situation, given that the incident took place almost three decades ago. At least four more women came out to corroborate on the costume designer’s story and share that they, too, were harassed by the accused, but it seems like Knepper has been in his best behavior during his time as part of the CW series. The actor has previously denied the claims and reiterated that all the accusations against him are false. Unless WBTV decides to take it upon themselves to check his supposed history with misconduct and come to a conclusion that he should deal with the repercussions of his actions no matter how long it may have been, the actor is keeping his job on the show.
In the last few months, a string of high profile inappropriate behavior scandals has rocked Hollywood with veteran producer Harvey Weinstein’s case opening the floodgates. Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K., Brett Ratner, former DC Comics editor Eddie Berganza, Arrowverse producer Andrew Kreisberg, One Tree Hill producer Mark Schwahn, Girls writer/producer Murray Miller, Charlie Rose, and Matt Lauer have all followed suit and almost every single one of the was immediately removed from their current gigs. In Knepper’s case, it seems like the actor will stay on the show unless a new incident came to light that is directly linked to iZombie.
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