Robert Knepper Staying With CW’s ‘iZombie’ After Harassment Claims, Star Responds
One of the many sexual harassment stories lost in the shuffle is that of genre star Robert Knepper, who has denied five separate accounts of assault dating back to the ‘80s. All the same, The CW’s iZombie has decided not to remove Knepper from the series, for which star Rose McIver posted a curious response.
Knepper – who is known across the TV landscape for The Flash, Prison Break, Twin Peaks and more – previously denied reports from costume designer Susan Bertram that he’d groped her on a film set in 1991. Shortly thereafter, further allegations of harassment emerged from theater director Robin Saex Garbose, Planet of the Apes makeup executive Emma Julia Jacobs, writer-director Christy Oldman and an unnamed woman. The CW opted to review Knepper’s conduct, but now tells Deadline that Knepper will remain with iZombie:
We were deeply concerned about recent allegations regarding Robert Knepper. As a result, we conducted an internal inquiry with some of the cast and crew of iZombie. We found no evidence of wrongdoing on the set of the show. We have taken and will continue to take appropriate measures to ensure the safety and well-being of all involved, which is our top priority.
Series star Rose McIver curiously shared the Deadline report, but offered messages of support to assault victims coming forward, rather than mention Knepper:
In the meantime, iZombie Season 4 does not have an official 2018 premiere date. Stay tuned for the latest in the meantime.
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