Andrew Kreisberg, Major TV Producer, Suspended for Sexual Misconduct
Andrew Kreisberg is the latest big name to be accused of inappropriate sexual behavior.
Warner Bros. TV has suspended the executive producer due to an investigation into numerous allegations of sexual harassment and offensive physical contact.
This is what the production company said in a statement related to the suspension and troubling accusations:
“We have recently been made aware of allegations of misconduct against Andrew Kreisberg.
“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 is a producer on Arrow, Supergirl, The Flash and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
Variety broke this piece of news and said it has spoken to 15 women and four men who all claims Kreisberg harassed them in various ways.
To be specific, the publication cites a “pattern of alleged sexual harassment and inappropriate physical contact over a period of years.”
It goes on to say that Kreisberg “strongly denies” these allegations.
None of the men or women behind the story wanted to reveal their names out of fear of retaliation.
“We were recently made aware of some deeply troubling allegations regarding one of our showrunners,” said Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter, who head Berlanti Productions which oversee Kreisberg’s shows.
They add in their statement:
“We have been encouraging and fully cooperating with the investigation into this by Warner Bros.
“There is nothing more important to us than the safety and well-being of our cast, crew, writers, producers and any staff.
“We do not tolerate harassment and are committed to doing everything we can to make an environment that’s safe to work in and safe to speak up about if it isn’t.”
Kreisberg is accused of often touching individuals without their permission.
The alleged victims say he would ask for massages from female staff members… and kiss women without asking.
Nearly each of the sources also mention sexualized/inappropriate comments about women’s appearances, their clothes, and their perceived desirability.
The producer denies making any sort of advances or unwanted touches, but does acknowledge the following to 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.”
In response to the charges that he “scares people” and makes the “workplace feel unsafe,” Kriesberg replies:
“I have proudly mentored both male and female colleagues for many years. But never in what I believe to be an unwanted way and certainly never in a sexual way.”
We’ll have more on this story as it develops.