Producer on Arrow, Supergirl and other Vancouver-shot shows suspended over sexual harassment allegations

The latest explosive sexual-harassment allegations to hit Hollywood have been levelled at an executive producer with ties to some of Vancouver’s top television series.

Andrew Kreisberg, a producer on CW shows Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow — all of which are filmed in whole or in part in British Columbia — has been suspended by Warner Bros. TV Group after Variety magazine said 15 women and four men came forward with the allegations.

The executive producer has been suspended by Warner Bros., which said it is investigating.

“We have recently been made aware of allegations of misconduct against Andrew Kreisberg,” the studio said in a prepared statement 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.”

None of the 19 people making claims against Kreisberg was named in the report by Variety that came out Friday, most citing fears of retaliation from the studio or others involved with the shows on which many continue to work.

All of them told Variety there was a pattern over the years of inappropriate touching and sexual harassment.

“According to sources who either witnessed this behavior or were subjected to it, Kreisberg is accused of frequently touching people without their permission, asking for massages from uncomfortable female staff members, and kissing women without asking,” read the Variety report.

“Almost every source cites a constant stream of sexualized comments about women’s appearances, their clothes, and their perceived desirability.”

Kreisberg denied all the allegations, telling 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.”

He denied the claims of sexualized touching or requests for massages.

But the women described the workplace as feeling “unsafe” and “toxic.”

A male writer for one of the CW shows said Kreisberg’s workplaces were “an environment in which women — assistants, writers, executives, directors — were all evaluated based on their bodies, not on their work.”

He said he talked to Kreisberg about the way he behaved but “it had no impact.”

One of the young staffers said Kreisberg told a group of employees about a work trip with her that, “What happens in Vancouver, stays

Source:: Vancouver Sun – Entertainment

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