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Melissa Benoist calls for harassers to be held accountable

Press Trust of India  |  Los Angeles 

"Supergirl" star Melissa Benoist is calling for Hollywood to change for better after series showrunner Andrew Kreisberg was accused of sexual harassment by multiple women.

Benoist released a statement on Twitter after Kreisberg was suspended by TV Group as the studio conducts an investigation of multiple allegations of sexual harassment against him.

"I am a woman who leads a show that supports equality and feminism, empowerment, and fighting for what is right. Sadly, the show and my career are part of an industry that doesn't always mirror these sentiments.

"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. So this week, I'll head back to Supergirl even more committed to being a 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," she wrote.

Kreisberg, who also is executive producer on CW shows "Arrow," "The Flash" and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow," is alleged by 19 people to have asked for massages from female staff members, made continuous sexual comments, and created an extremely "toxic" work environment, particularly for female staffers.

Kreisberg, however, has denied that any inappropriate touching or massages occurred.

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First Published: Mon, November 13 2017. 13:28 IST