Melissa Benoist Calls for Industry Change After ‘Supergirl’

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“When people commit crimes or harass others, they should always be held accountable,” she tweets after Andrew Kreisberg was put on leave following allegations from multiple women.

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

“[W]hen 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 wrote in a statement that was posted on Twitter on Sunday night. “I’ve spoke up about it in the past — publicly and not so publicly — and I’ll continue to do so. All of us should, without fear or shame. We all need to hold ourselves to a higher standard.”

Benoist noted that this isn’t uncommon in the industry, which is “heartbreaking” and makes her “feel helpless.” But she’s still hopeful she can effect change.

“I know I’m not the only one who feels this way,” she wrote. “But I’m an optimist. I believe lasting change is possible, and when people are mistreated, they should have a safe forum to speak their trust and always be heard. And so this week, I’ll head back to work on 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 collaborate space.”