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Almost a year after ‘Justice League’ star Ray Fisher accused Joss Whedon of ‘abusive’ behavior, Charisma Carpenter claims she also experienced his ‘cruel’ & ‘retaliatory’ behavior while on ‘Buffy’ and ‘Angel.’

Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Charisma Carpenter accuses Joss Whedon.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Charisma Carpenter accuses Joss Whedon.

“For nearly two years, I have held my tongue and even made excuses for certain events that traumatize me to this day,” Charisma Carpenter, 50, wrote on Wednesday, Feb. 10 in the lengthy statement on social media. 

Charisma Carpenter — who played Cordelia Chase on Buffy The Vampire Slayer and the spin-off, Angel, — accused the series’ creator and director, Joss Whedon, 56, of a “history of being casually cruel,” echoing the claims that Ray Fisher made against Joss in 2020. 

“Joss Whedon abused his power on numerous occasions while working together on the sets of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. While he found his misconduct 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 from which I still suffer. It is with a beating, heavy heart that I say I coped in insolation and, at times, destructively.”

Charisma Carpenter alleged in her statement that Joss Whedon has a “history of being casually cruel.” She claimed that the director has “created hostile and toxic work environments since his early career,” adding: “I know because I experienced it first-hand. Repeatedly.” 

Charisma claimed that Joss made “ongoing, passive-aggressive threats to fire me,” “callously” called her “fat” in front of colleagues when she was four months pregnant and was “mean and biting, disparagingly about others opening, and often playing favorites, putting people against one another to compete and vie for his attention and approval.”

Amid the bevy of allegations, Charisma claimed that Joss “refused calls from my agents,” which made it impossible to tell him that she was pregnant. When he found out, according to Charisma, he requested a closed-door meeting where he allegedly asked her if she was “going to keep it.” 

She claimed he “proceeded to attack my character, mock my religious beliefs, accuse me of sabotaging the show, and then unceremoniously fired me the following season once I gave birth.” Joss told TV Guide in 2003 that he felt that felt like we had taken that story — just like Buffy for seven years — about as far as it could go.” When asked if Charisma left Angel on good terms, Joss said, “Yeah, but that’s also stuff between us and not stuff that I would talk about in an interview.”

Charisma, in her statement, also alleged Joss engaged in “retaliatory'' behavior after that meeting, reportedly requiring her to attend work at a 1:00 AM call time while pregnant. “Back then, I felt powerless and alone. 

With no other option, I swallowed the mistreatment and carried on. After all, I had a baby on the way, and I was the primary breadwinner of my growing family. Unfortunately, all this was happening during one of the most wonderful times in new motherhood. All that promise and joy, sucked right out. And Joss Whedon was the vampire”.

Source: Hollywood Life

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