David Boreanaz is showing support for his ex Buffy the Vampire Slayer co-star, Charisma Carpenter, after she came forward with abuse and harassment allegations against Buffy Y Angel creator, Joss Whedon. ET has contacted the Whedon representative for comment.
Days after Carpenter posted a statement on Twitter and Instagram alleging that Whedon “abused his power numerous times while working together on the sets of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Y Angel“, Boreanaz praised her for speaking her truth.
“I’m here for you to listen and support you. Proud of your strength,” Boreanaz tweeted on Sunday.
Carpenter responded to his former co-star, acknowledging his support publicly and behind the scenes.
“I know you’re there for me, David. I appreciate everything you’ve done to show that support in private as well. Especially since Wednesday. -Thank you very much,” he replied.
Boreanaz isn’t the only star in the series to show support for Carpenter. Both Sarah Michelle Gellar and Eliza Dushku have endorsed Carpenter.
“CC, my heart aches for you and I am very sorry that you held this back for so long,” Dushku wrote in part on Thursday. “His post was shocking, painful, and painted an image that collectively we will never stop seeing or be unaware of. Thank you. I didn’t know and I won’t forget.”
The actress concluded her lengthy article by writing: “May you and many others feel the solidarity and connection that you have probably lost for too long. From courage, change and hope come. It begins and ends thanks to brave truth-tellers like you. “. I admire, respect and love you “.
Gellar, who played the lead role of Buffy, also responded to Carpenter’s claims. “While I’m proud that my name is associated with Buffy Summers, I don’t want to be forever associated with the name Joss Whedon,” she wrote on Instagram. “I am more focused on raising my family and surviving a pandemic today, so I will not comment further at this time.”
“But I’m with all the abuse survivors,” she added, “and I’m proud of them for speaking up.”
Michelle Trachtenberg, who played Buffy’s younger sister Dawn Summers on the show, reposted Gellar’s message on her own Instagram. Amber Benson and Clare Kramer also spoke out against the “toxic” environment at the Buffy set, but they aren’t the only actors with claims against the show’s creator.
Ray Fisher, who played Victor Stone aka Cyborg in League of Justice, came out with accusations against Whedon last July. As ET previously reported, Fisher accused Whedon of “abusive and unprofessional” behavior while on the set of the superhero movie. The allegations led to a WarnerMedia investigation, which concluded in December. “Corrective action has been taken,” WarnerMedia said in a statement at the time. No further details were provided and representatives for Whedon did not respond to requests for comment.
On December 11, 2020, Fisher tweeted: “The following was relayed to me on behalf of @WarnerMedia at 5pm EST today: The Justice League investigation is now complete. It has resulted in corrective action. (Some we’ve seen, and some are yet to come.) “
“And this statement (which really belongs to EVERYONE who participated in the research): ‘WarnerMedia appreciates you had the courage to come forward and help the company create an inclusive and equitable work environment for its employees and partners.'” continuous. “There are still conversations to be had and resolutions to be found. Thank you all for your support and encouragement on this journey. We are on our way. Sooner.”
Fisher also applauded Carpenter on Wednesday, tweeting, “Charisma Carpenter is one of the bravest people I know.”
“I will always be grateful for your courage and for lending your voice to the Justice League investigation,” he continued. “Read her truth. Share her truth. Protect her at all costs. ‘It’s time.’