Andrew Kreisberg, an executive producer and showrunner on The CW’s DC Comics shows, has been suspended by producer Warner Bros. TV following allegations of sexual harassment and “inappropriate physical contact” with staffers on those shows.
The studio says it’s conducting an internal investigation and is “committed to creating a safe working environment for our employees and everyone involved in our productions.”
The news of Kreisberg’s suspension comes via Variety, which spoke to 19 sources — all current or former employees on the shows Kreisberg works on: “The Flash,” “Supergirl,” “Arrow” and “Legends of Tomorrow.”
They allege a pattern of behavior in which Kreisberg repeatedly touched people without permission, kissed women without asking and asked female staffers for massages. “Almost every source cites a constant stream of sexualized comments about women’s appearances, their clothes, and their perceived desirability,” Variety adds.
Kreisberg denies the allegations and says, ““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.”
The CW’s DC shows are all produced by Berlanti Productions along with Warner Bros. In their own statement, Berlanti Productions heads Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter say, “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.”
Production on the four shows, which make up 40 percent of The CW’s schedule, will continue.