AceShowbiz - "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" actress Charisma Carpenter has become the latest star to accuse Joss Whedon of bad behaviour behind the camera, revealing she was left scarred by his misconduct on set.
Ray Fisher came forward with his allegations of poor treatment on the "Justice League" set, revealing Whedon was "abusive" towards him and "unprofessional," prompting an investigation by Warner Bros officials, and now Carpenter is taking aim at her former TV boss, revealing she's still traumatised by his actions.
"For nearly two decades, I have held my tongue and even made excuses for certain events that traumatize me to this day," she writes in a lengthy statement posted on social media.
"Joss Whedon abused his power on numerous occasions while working together on the sets of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel (sic). 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 isolation and, at times, destructively."
"Last summer, when Ray Fisher publicly accused Joss of abusive and unprofessional behavior toward the cast and crew during reshoots on the Justice League set in 2017, it gutted me. Joss has a history of being casually cruel. He has created hostile and toxic work environments since his early career. I know because I experienced it first-hand. Repeatedly."
Charisma goes on to claim Joss repeatedly threatened to fire her, allegedly told her castmates she was "fat" when she was four months pregnant, mocked her religious beliefs, and accused her of sabotaging the "Buffy" show when she fell pregnant.
"He was mean and biting, disparaging about others openly, and often played favorites, pitting people against one another to compete and vie for his attention and approval," she adds. "He called me in for a sit-down meeting to interrogate and berate me regarding a rosary tattoo I got to help me feel more spiritually grounded in an increasingly volatile work climate that affected me physically... and then unceremoniously fired me the following season once I gave birth."
"At six months pregnant, I was asked to report to work at 1:00 AM after my doctor recommended shortening my work hours. Due to long and physically demanding days and the emotional stress of having to defend my needs as a working pregnant woman, I began to experience Braxton Hicks contractions. It was clear to me the 1:00 AM call was retaliatory."
Charisma says she felt "powerless and alone" and accuses Whedon of sucking the "promise and joy" out of her motherhood journey.
"Despite the harassment, a part of me still sought his validation," she explains. "I made excuses for his behavior and repressed my own pain. I have even stated publicly at conventions that I'd work with him again. Only recently, after years of therapy and a wake up call from the Time's Up movement, do I understand the complexities of this demoralized thinking..."
"These memories and more have weighed on my soul like bricks for nearly half of my life. I wish I said something sooner. I wish I had the composure and courage all those years ago. But I muted myself in shame and conditioned silence. With tears welling, I feel an overwhelming sense of responsibility to Ray and others for remaining private about my experience with Joss and the suffering it has caused me."
"It is abundantly evident that Joss has persisted in his harmful actions, continuing to create wreckage in his wake. My hope now, by finally coming forward about these experiences, is to create space for the healing of others who I know have experienced similar serialized abuses of power."
Carpenter ends her note by revealing she took part in WarnerMedia's "Justice League" investigation because she believed Fisher to be "a person of integrity who is telling the truth."
"His firing as Cyborg in The Flash was the last straw for me. Although I am not shocked, I am deeply pained by it. It troubles and saddens me that in 2021 professionals STILL have to choose between whistleblowing in the workplace and job security...," she adds. "I can no longer remain silent. This is overdue and necessary."
Last summer (20), Fisher claimed he had been dismissed from "Justice League" spin-off "The Flash" over the comments he had made about Whedon's alleged misconduct, and in December, he slammed DC Films President, Walter Hamada, branding him "the most dangerous kind of enabler."
Fisher said, "If the end of my time as Cyborg is the cost for helping to bring awareness and accountability to Walter Hamada's actions - I’ll pay it gladly."