Stephen Amell and Caity Lotz have both responded to the sexual assault allegations made against Arrow producer Andrew Kreisberg. The past few days have been tough for DC Comics. As more and more people in entertainment have been called out for sexual harassment and assault, allegations were made against two of their own. DC Comics fired editor Eddie Berganza after several former employees spoke out against his behavior towards women, and The CW has suspended Andrew Kreisberg after 19 different members of his staff filed complaints against the writer-producer.
Before his suspension, Kreisberg was showrunner on The Flash, co-showrunner on Supergirl, and an executive producer on Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow. In response to the allegations made against him, Melissa Benoist and Emily Bett Rickards both took to Twitter to support those speaking out against their abusers in Hollywood. Now, a few more of the actors in the Arrowverse have taken to social media to make their feelings known.
Amell filmed a short video for his Facebook page (above), where he made it clear that he considers keeping the Arrow set safe for everyone a top priority. He praised Benoist, Rickards, and Lotz for their thoughts on the matter and stands in agreement with them. Lotz, like Benoist and Richards, took to Twitter (below) to stand in solidarity with those speaking out.
To the brave women and men who are coming forward to condemn their abusers... I add my voice to the choir of support. You are the ones ushering in change that would allow all of us to work in an environment where we are respected and safe— Caity Lotz (@caitylotz) November 13, 2017
Amell has often used his fame – and social media, especially Facebook, as a tool – to bring attention to various causes and charities in the past. He waited until now to speak out because he wanted to first talk with the cast and crew of Arrow before going public with his response, which he did this morning before making the video.
As of the time of this writing, Kreisberg has denied the allegations against him, claiming that things are being misunderstood or exaggerated. However, Hollywood is making it very clear that claims like this are being taken seriously. Harvey Weinstein, Andy Dick, and Kevin Spacey have all been fired from various projects and organizations. Gal Gadot reportedly refused to make Wonder Woman 2 unless Brett Ratner was removed. With more and more consequences being seen and more people like Amell, Lotz, Rickards, and Benoist speaking out against the perpetrators, more victims may feel safe enough to come forward. In the meantime, the Arrowverse will continue without Kreisberg.
All Arrowverse shows air on The CW. Supergirl airs on Monday nights, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow on Tuesdays, and Arrow on Thursdays.
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