Robert Knepper to Remain on 'iZombie' After Probe Finds "No Evidence of Wrongdoing"
"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," Warner Bros. said in a statement.
Following an investigation of multiple allegations that Robert Knepper had made unwanted sexual advances on women, Warner Bros. has found "no evidence of wrondoing" on the set of The CW show iZombie.
In a statement released to The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday, The CW parent company Warner Bros. wrote, "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.”
In early November, costume designer Susan Bertram told THR that Knepper sexually assaulted her on the set of the 1992 drama Gas Food Lodging. He grabbed her and shoved her against a wall when she visited his trailer to drop off some clothes, she alleged. Less than a month later, four more women came forward accusing Knepper of unwanted and sometimes violent sexual advances, including pushing, touching, inappropriate remarks and a physical attack.
Knepper plays the character Angus DeBeers on iZombie. In July, The CW announced that the actor had been promoted to become a series regular; it's unclear whether he will remain a series regular following Warner Bros.' investigation. The fourth season will premiere in 2018.
Later Wednesday evening, Rose McIver, who stars as Olivia Moore on the show, tweeted out her support to victims of sexual assault. "At this time I would like to acknowledge all the victims of sexual assault worldwide who have spoken out about their experiences. It takes a lot of courage and these are conversations that we need to have in order to change the way society moves forward."
Dec. 13, 9:50 p.m. Updated with McIver's statement.