Charisma Carpenter joins “Justice League” actor Ray Fisher in accusing Joss Whedon of abusive behaviour within the office.
Carpenter, who labored with Whedon on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel”, accused the famend filmmaker of verbal abuse that traumatized her.
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— charisma carpenter (@AllCharisma) February 10, 2021
“For almost 20 years, I’ve held my tongue and even made excuses for sure occasions that traumatize me to this present day,” she started her assertion on Twitter. “Joss Whedon abused his energy on quite a few events whereas working collectively on the units of ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ and ‘Angel’.“
“The disturbing incidents triggered a persistent bodily situation from which I nonetheless undergo. It’s with a beating, heavy coronary heart that I say I coped in isolation and, at instances, destructively,” Carpenter continued. “He was imply and biting, disparaging about others brazenly, and sometimes performed favourites.”
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“I consider in freedom of speech, however I additionally consider that we now have an obligation to sentence speech that’s racist, bigoted, anti-Semitic, or hateful.”
— charisma carpenter (@AllCharisma) February 9, 2021
Whedon allegedly known as her “fats” in entrance of the forged and crew whereas she was pregnant. Carpenter says Whedon requested if she was “going to maintain it” and “manipulatively weaponized my womanhood and religion towards me.”
Carpenter’s co-star Sarah Michelle Gellar chimed in, saying that whereas she loves the “Buffy” franchise she has little interest in being related to Whedon.
“Whereas I’m proud to have my identify related to Buffy Summer time, I don’t wish to be without end related to the identify Joss Whedon,” Gellar wrote on Instagram. “I’m extra targeted on elevating my household and surviving a pandemic at present, so I can’t be making any additional statements at the moment. However I stand with all survivors of abuse and am pleased with them for talking out.”
Gellar’s put up impressed a remark from her onscreen sibling, Michelle Trachtenberg, who performed Buffy’s sort-of sister Daybreak.
“Thanks @sarahmgellar for saying this,” stated Trachtenberg, who was simply 14 when she was forged on the present. “I’m courageous sufficient now as a 35 12 months previous girl….To repost this. As a result of. This should. Be identified. As an adolescent. Along with his not acceptable conduct….very. Not. Applicable.”
“Buffy” star Eliza Dushku, who performed Religion on the present, then posted a message of assist for Carpenter.
Dushku’s message included, “CC, my coronary heart aches for you and I’m so sorry you will have held this for therefore lengthy. Your put up was highly effective, painful, and painted an image we’ll collectively by no means un-see or un-know.
“Might you and numerous others really feel the solidarity and connection you will have doubtless missed for too lengthy,” she concluded. “From braveness, come change and hope. It begins and can finish due to brave truth-tellers such as you. I love, respect, and love you.”
ET Canada has reached out to Whedon’s supervisor for remark.