It a bit of irony as the previous episode of The Flash was all about "feminism," now it's learned that executive producerÂ Andrew KreisbergÂ has been suspended due to claims of sexual harassment.
Deadline reportsÂ Andrew Kreisberg, co-creator and executive producer of The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of TomorrowÂ andÂ Arrow, has been suspended by Warner Bros.Â over allegations of sexual harassment, and that WBTVÂ also said they are launching an investigationÂ into the accusations.
â€śWe have recently been made aware of allegations of misconduct against Andrew Kreisberg,â€ť Warner Bros. TV Group said in a statement. â€śWe 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."
Producers Greg Berlanti andÂ Sarah SchechterÂ added in a statement:â€śWe were recently made aware of some deeply troubling allegations regarding one of our showrunners. We have been encouraging and fully cooperating with the investigation into this by Warner Bros.Â 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 weÂ can to make an environmentÂ thatâ€™s safe to work in and safe to speak up about if it isnâ€™t.â€ť
According to the report,Â several people working onÂ The FlashÂ have complained about Andrew Kreisbergâ€™s behavior, with on at least one occasion KreisbergÂ said to have interacted with a young female writer onÂ The FlashÂ Â in a manner that was described as â€śinappropriateâ€ť and creating â€śa hostile work environment.â€ťÂ
It's said the woman,Â who is a writer on the show, recently met with Andrew Kreisberg and told him that she wanted to be let out of her contract early and leave the The Flash. Reportedly, KreisbergÂ asked her to wait and talk to other people who encouraged her to consider staying until the end of the season, but that she decided that was not what she wanted because she felt uneasy and left within a few days.
The article notesÂ the writer did not cite sexual harassment for abruptly leaving the show, but according to Deadline's sources, with the â€śtoxicâ€ť environment on The FlashÂ seriesÂ thatÂ she felt from Kreisberg, that it made her want to leave immediately.
It's further noted there are specific allegations about Andrew Kreisberg from at least one other woman as well, who directedÂ episodes ofÂ ArrowÂ andÂ The Flash, and that she had also complained of similar inappropriate behavior.