“Flash” Showrunner Suspended Over Allegations

Warner Bros. TV Group has launched an investigation into allegations of inappropriate behavior on the part of Andrew Kreisberg, a key producer on The CW’s DC shows. Kreisberg is the showrunner on “The Flash,” co-showrunner of “Supergirl,” and an executive producer on both “Arrow” and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”.

Kreisberg has been suspended by the studio and has engaged in a pattern of alleged and endemic sexual harassment and inappropriate physical contact (kissing without permission, asking for massages, sexualised comments about women’s appearances) over a period of years according to fifteen women and four men who have worked with him.

None of them want to be named and many are or were employed in a range of positions on those shows and fear retaliation from either Warner Brothers or companies and individuals associated with those programs. They added that they did not contact human resources because according to one woman “it seems like nothing’s been enforced” and they would pay a price for doing so due to how important his position was at the company.

Human resources has since interviewed staff and reportedly many women said they found the work environment created by Kreisberg to be so hostile and ‘toxic’ that they leave a room when he enters it.

Kreisberg strongly denies the allegations in this story and tells 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… 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.”