'Supergirl' Star Melissa Benoist Shared A Statement On Sexual Harassment Worthy Of Her Character

"I believe lasting change is possible."

Actress Melissa Benoist plays the title character on CW's Supergirl, and in real life, she lives up to the name. Following the suspension of an executive producer on the series who was accused of sexual harassment, Benoist posted a powerful statement on social media condemning such behavior and sharing hope for the future.



According to Variety, Andrew Kreisberg, an EP on Supergirl, Arrow, The Flash, and DC's Legends of Tomorrow, was accused by 19 co-workers of harassment and inappropriate physical contact. Warner Bros. TV Group announced Kreisberg's suspension and an internal investigation on Friday.

On Sunday, Benoist responded to the news without mentioning Kreisberg's name. In a statement posted to Twitter and Instagram, the actress spoke out against the many sexual harassment and assault allegations which continue to emerge from Hollywood in recent weeks.

"I am a woman who leads a show that supports equality and feminism, empowerment, and fighting for what is right," she wrote. "I have always tried to conduct myself this way personally, as well. Sadly, the show and my career are part of an industry that doesn't always mirror these sentiments."

Benoist admitted that these aspects of the entertainment world are "heartbreaking" and often leave her feeling "helpless." However, she calls herself an "optimist" and shares, "I believe lasting change is possible, and when people are mistreated, they should have a safe forum to speak their truth and always be heard."

"And 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," she went on, adding that she'll continue to speak out, and encouraging others to do the same. "We all need to hold ourselves to a higher standard."

Many Twitter users responded positively to the statement, with one fan writing that they had "nothing but respect for MY supergirl." Another added, "That's my (super)girl!" People seemed to be in agreement that she's just as heroic as her onscreen alter ego.

It's definitely not the first time Benoist has spoken up. In January, she attended the Women's March on Washington, where she wore a sweatshirt declaring herself a "feminist" and held up a pretty badass message for Donald Trump: "Hey Donald, don't try to grab my pussy — it's made of steel."

(H/T: Refinery29)

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