A flurry of new allegations of misconduct against writer/director Joss Whedon have surfaced from past cast members of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. It began yesterday morning when actress Charisma Carpenter, who played Cordelia Chase on both Buffy and Angel, tweeted a long message expressing solidarity with actor Ray Fisher. She recounted her experiences with Whedon, which ranged from verbal harassment to intimidation to religious discrimination directed towards her by Whedon:
— charisma carpenter (@AllCharisma) February 10, 2021
Shortly thereafter, fellow Buffy actresses Sarah Michelle Gellar, Amber Benson, Michelle Trachtenberg, and Clare Kramer all came out in support of Carpenter, with some echoing her statements about Whedon’s behavior.
Buffy was a toxic environment and it starts at the top. @AllCharisma is speaking truth and I support her 100%. There was a lot of damage done during that time and many of us are still processing it twenty plus years later. #IStandWithRayFisher #IStandWithCharismaCarpenter https://t.co/WJAmDGm76C
— Amber Benson (@amber_benson) February 10, 2021
For what it’s worth, I believe and stand with @allcharisma, @ray8fisher, @amber_benson and others who have the strength to come forward with their truth. A lot of this industry needs a reset….. #IStandWithCharismaCarpenter #IStandWithRayFisher
— Clare Kramer (@ClareKramer) February 10, 2021
Fisher also expressed his support and appreciation for Carpenter for speaking out about her experiences.
Charisma Carpenter is one of the bravest people I know.
I am forever grateful for her courage and for her lending her voice to the Justice League investigation.
Read her truth.
Share her truth.
Protect her at all costs.
“It is time.”
— Ray Fisher (@ray8fisher) February 10, 2021
In July of last year, Fisher, who played Cyborg in Justice League initially under the direction of Zack Snyder and then of Whedon, tweeted that the director had engaged in “gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable” behavior on the set of the movie. The tweet also implicated producers Geoff Johns and Jon Berg as having enabled Whedon’s behavior:
Joss Wheadon’s on-set treatment of the cast and crew of Justice League was gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable.
He was enabled, in many ways, by Geoff Johns and Jon Berg.
— Ray Fisher (@ray8fisher) July 1, 2020
In an interview with Forbes in October of last year, Fisher describes what he had heard were “blatantly racist conversations” that happened between executives including Johns, Berg, and Toby Emmerich, chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group, though Fisher did not specifically name Joss Whedon as having participated in those conversations. WarnerMedia reportedly investigated the Whedon situation (which Carpenter refers to in her tweets), and after the investigation concluded in December 2020 said that “remedial action” had been taken, though no further details were provided regarding just what that action was. Fisher was ultimately fired from his role as Cyborg after having been slated to appear in the upcoming Flash movie.