Nicholas Brendon is grappling with his own struggles amid the controversy surrounding his hit series, Buffy the Vampire Slayerand creator Joss Whedon. The 49-year-old actor, who played one of Buffy Summers’ (Sarah Michelle Gellar) best friends, Xander Harris, for the show’s seven seasons, took to Facebook Live this week to explain why he hasn’t issued a statement. regarding her co-star Charisma Carpenter’s allegations against Whedon.
In several Facebook Live Videos From the hospital, Brendon shared that he is undergoing emergency spinal cord surgery after an injury that has left him in great pain.
“I have something to say about things … even though some people think I owe them a statement, I don’t actually owe them a statement at the moment,” Brendon said. “This is my life and they are two people I love very much.”
He clarified exactly who he was talking about, saying, “And yes, I love Joss and I love CC more than most. I’m not just going to give you a statement that says, ‘My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families.’ I’m going to do that. I’m going to think about it. ”
Brendon, who briefly played the love interest of Carpenter’s character Cordelia Chase in BuffyHe added, “I support CC. I love CC. And I’m here for CC.”
The actor claimed that online commenters had “intimidated” him into making a statement in the wake of Carpenter’s allegations against Whedon.
He promised to release a statement later, adding: “If you don’t mind, I’ll have spinal surgery tomorrow and I’ll get well and come up with a statement that represents me and that’s all I have now.” So I hope that turns off the mindset of some, and like I said, most of you have been really wonderful, but there are a couple of you where it’s like, I don’t owe you a damn thing. So stop treating any celebrity like they owe you something, statement-wise. “
Sarah, Brendon’s later partner shared on Twitter that Brendon got over his surgery and was “fine.”
In the wake of Carpenter’s abuse and harassment allegations against Whedon, many of his Buffy Y Angel the co-stars have spoken. Star Sarah Michelle Gellar shared that she is “with all survivors of abuse” adding that she is proud of the survivors for “speaking out.”
David Boreanaz, Eliza Dushku, Michelle Trachtenberg, Amber Benson, Clare Kramer and more have come out in support of Carpenter.
Over the weekend, James Marsters, who played the beloved vampire Spike in both Buffy Y Angel, released a statement on Twitter, writing: “While I will always be honored to have played the character of Spike, the Buffy The set was not without its challenges. I do not endorse abuse of any kind, and I am heartbroken to learn of the experiences of some of the cast members. I send my love and support to everyone involved. “
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