Another actress stands against the filmmaker.
Over the past few months, we’ve watched Joss Whedon’s career crumble after a string of accusations that started behind the scenes of the Justice League remakes. Star Ray Fisher, who plays Cyborg in the film, put his own career at risk for exposing Whedon’s abusive and inappropriate behavior, and was quickly supported by some colleagues. But it didn’t stop there. Now, other actors and actresses who worked with Whedon are speaking out, with much of the cast of Buffy, The Vampire Slayer coming in to support Fisher.
This week, Charisma Carpenter, an actress famous for playing Cordelia Chase in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the Angel spin-off, released an open letter, where she spoke about Joss’ abusive treatment and how he caused serious psychological consequences. in it, which even affected his entire personal and professional life after the end of both series. Charisma’s cast mates have shown their support as well, as has Michelle Trachtenberg.
Trachtenberg joined the main cast of Buffy in the fifth season as Dawn Summers. In her personal Instagram profile, she opened up about the controversy involving the director, citing the posts of her castmates and suggesting that there was a clear rule on set that Whedon couldn’t be in the same place alone with it. It should be noted that at the time, Trachtenberg was still a teenager and a minor:
“Thanks for saying that. I’m brave enough now as a 35 year old woman to repost this. Because you have to know it. As a teenager, with his behavior that was not appropriate … The last comment I’m going to make is that there was a rule saying “he can’t be in the same place alone with Michelle again”.
Michelle’s text is very fragmented and straightforward, without giving much detail about what may have happened to motivate the rule. However, given the recent charges against the director, it certainly shouldn’t have been light. The actress wasn’t the only Buffy the Vampire Slayer cast member to speak up for charisma. Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy), Amber Benson (Tara) and Anthony Head (Giles) also expressed their support.
All of this is fueling the fire in regards to Ray Fisher’s charges against Whedon of abuse and inappropriate behavior in the Justice League. The actor has launched a major accountability and investigation campaign into such acts, but claims to have been silenced by Warner who he says is trying to protect Whedon.
To this day, there is still no information regarding Warner’s “private investigation” to determine Joss Whedon’s abuse and inappropriate behavior on the set of the Justice League rewrites. The director is out of the spotlight and has not made any statement regarding the accusations, although he has already started to suffer the first consequences as his name is removed from major projects.