TV's women superheroes speak out against harassment

Grant Gustin

Grant Gustin

Grant Gustin is the latest Arrowverse headliner to speak out in the wake of The Flash and Supergirl co-showrunner Andrew Kreisberg's suspension.

Over the weekend (10-12Nov17), it emerged Warner Bros.

"I thought that it was important before I spoke to you or before I spoke publicly, to speak with our cast and crew, which I got to do this morning". I certainly can't pontificate in an eloquent way or in such a succinct manner like Emily [Bett Rickards] did, like Melissa [Benoist] did, like Caity Lotz did. And I especially want all of the women in my life to know that I hear them, I stand with them, and I support them. I think that we can do this because we promote and we champion a safe and progressive work environment. I told them this morning, and I tell you now, and I meant it, that if anyone ever feels anything less than 100 percent safe or anyone feels as though they aren't allowed to express themselves and be the person that they are, that they should come to whomever they're supposed to go to, and I'll stand right beside them, right behind them. I'll speak on their behalf, if need be.

Like Amell, Benoist also voiced out her support for the victims on Sunday.

"When people commit crimes or harass others, they should always be held accountable - no matter what industry they work in or how much power they wield", Melissa Benoist, the title star of the CW's "Supergirl", said in a statement posted Sunday night on her Twitter account. The actress added that she is an optimist and believes that change is possible.

"I'll head back to work on "Supergirl" even more committed to being part of changing the norm by listening when people speak up, and refusing to accept an environment that is anything less than a safe, respectful and collaborative space", Benoist wrote. Kreisberg, who has worked on "The Flash", "Supergirl", "Arrow", and "Legends of Tomorrow", is now suspended by Warner Bros. Their statements come after their big-screen superhero brethren Ellen Page and Anna Paquin have been taking on producer-director Brett Ratner in the wake of an L.A. Times report of sexual misconduct allegations against him.

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