Charisma Carpenter talks about her experience working with film director Joss Whedon.
In a new statement shared on Twitter and Instagram on Wednesday, the 50-year-old actress claims Whedon was abusive and stalking on the sets of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Y Angel. The allegations come nearly two months after Ray Fisher publicly accused Whedon (along with producers Geoff Johns and Jon Berg) of misconduct at the League of Justice set.
“For nearly two decades, I’ve been holding my tongue and even making up excuses for certain events that traumatize me to this day. Joss Whedon abused his power numerous times while working together on the sets of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. “Carpenter, who played Cordelia Chase in both series, alleges. “While he found his misbehavior amusing, it only served to intensify my performance anxiety, disempower me, and alienate me from my peers. The disturbing incidents triggered a chronic physical condition that I still suffer from. It is with a heavy, pounding heart that I say I did it. in isolation and sometimes destructively. “
“Joss has a history of being casually cruel. He has created hostile and toxic work environments since the beginning of his career. I know this because I experienced it firsthand. Repeatedly,” his claims continue. “Like his continual passive-aggressive threats to fire me, wreaking havoc on a young actor’s self-esteem. And cruelly calling me ‘fat’ to my colleagues when I was 4 months pregnant and weighed 126 pounds. He was mean and scathing, belittling to others openly, and often play as favorites, pitting people against each other to compete and compete for their attention and approval. “
Carpenter goes on to allege that when Whedon first found out she was pregnant, he requested a closed-door meeting with her and asked if “he was going to keep her.”
“[He] Manipulating my faith and my femininity as a weapon against me, “he says.” He proceeded to attack my character, poke fun at my religious beliefs, accuse me of sabotaging the show, and then unceremoniously fired me the following season once I gave birth. “
“Back then I became powerless and alone,” she adds. “These memories and more have weighed on my soul like bricks for almost half my life. I wish I had said something sooner. I wish I had the composure and the courage all those years ago. But I fell silent in shame and conditioned silence.”
Carpenter credits Fisher for helping her tell her own story.
“As a single mother whose livelihood depends on my trade, I am afraid,” she says. “Despite my fear of its impact on my future, I can no longer remain silent. This is overdue and necessary. It is time.”
Read Carpenter’s full statement below:
Shortly after the publication of Carpenter’s post, his ex Buffy her co-star, Sarah Michelle Gellar, also released a statement on Instagram.
“Although 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. “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.”
ET has contacted the Whedon representative for comment.
As ET previously reported, Fisher, who played Victor Stone aka Cyborg in League of Justice, spoke for the first time last July, accusing Whedon of “abusive and unprofessional” behavior while on the set of the superhero movie. He also alleged that Whedon was “enabled, in many ways” by Johns and Berg. Whedon and Johns declined to comment, while Berg said in a statement to Variety at the time, it was “categorically false that we allowed any unprofessional behavior.”
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.
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.”