The CW has announced that it’s concluded its investigation into the behavior of iZombie co-star Robert Knepper—who’s been accused of sexual assault by five different women—and ruled that there’s “no evidence” that he’s done anything wrong during his time on the series. Correspondingly, the network has announced that Knepper will remain on the show, where he was recently promoted to the role of series regular.
Allegations against the former Prison Break star came to light last month, when costume designer Susan Bertram accused him of violently groping her genitals during the filming of a 1992 film. Over the course of the following month, four more women came forward, telling stories of multiple times between 1983 and 2013 in which Knepper allegedly forced himself upon them. Knepper has aggressively denied all of the accusations against him, accusing the media of serving as “judge and jury” in the recent wave of sexual harassment allegations.
The CW—which has also had to wrestle in recent weeks with the removal of prominent Arrowverse showrunner Andrew Kreisberg, over multiple harassment claims—issued a statement about its investigation and decision to keep Knepper on the iZombie cast. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a spokesperson for Warner Bros. said:
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.
It’s not clear what form these “appropriate measures” will take; in the meantime, it’s worth noting that the statement only focuses on Knepper’s activities on the CW’s sets, and avoids saying anything about his behavior on previous projects.