Actress Charisma Carpenter has released a statement accusing Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, of “toxic” behavior on the sets of both shows.
Carpenter released her statement Wednesday on social media in support of Justice League actor Ray Fisher, who has also spoken out against Whedon since working with the director on reshoots of the 2017 film. Carpenter explained that she participated in WarnerMedia’s investigation into Whedon and called the director “casually cruel”.
Carpenter, who played Cordelia Chase on Buffy and its spinoff Angel, alleged Whedon “abused his power” on set while they worked together and that he created “hostile and toxic work environments”. She said his behavior “triggered a chronic physical condition” from which she still suffers.
Carpenter also alleged that Whedon made “ongoing” threats to fire her and called her “fat” to colleagues when she was pregnant. Carpenter accused Whedon of firing her from Angel after she gave birth, which fans have speculated about for years.
“These memories and more have weighed on my soul like bricks for nearly half of my life,” Carpenter wrote. “I wish I said something sooner. I wish I had the composure and courage all those years ago. But I muted myself in shame and conditional silence.”
Sarah Michelle Gellar, who played Buffy for seven years, and cast members Amber Benson and Michelle Tratchenberg, have all since spoken out in support of Carpenter.
“While I am proud to have my name associated with Buffy Summers, I don’t want to be forever associated with the name Joss Whedon,” Gellar said in a statement posted to Instagram. Read from source….