Former “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel” actress Charisma Carpenter took to social media Wednesday accusing the shows former director, Joss Whedon, of abusing his power while simultaneously using the hashtag, #IStandWithRayFisher.
Carpenter played Cordelia Chase in the supernatural drama series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (which Joss Whedon directed for some time) and its spin-off series Angel. She also starred as Kyra in Charmed, Kendall Casablancas in Veronica Mars, Rebecca Sewell in The Lying Game, and Lacy in The Expendables film series.
“He proceeded to attack my character, mock my religious beliefs, accuse me of sabotaging the show and unceremoniously fired me the following season once I gave birth,” Carpenter wrote in a digital letter posted on Twitter.
Carpenter closed her letter stating that she recently participated in Warner Media’s third party investigations after Cyborg actor Ray Fisher accused Whedon of misconduct in July.
Whedon, the director of Marvel Studios’ blockbuster superhero movies “The Avengers” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” took over directing duties for Zack Snyder on DC Comics Justice League. According to fisher, Whedon exhibited “gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable” behavior on the Justice League set during reshoots.
Fisher has also stated that former Warner Bros. co-president of production Jon Berg, and former DC Entertainment president and chief creative officer Geoff Johns, both “enabled” Whedon. Fisher also stated that current DC Films President, Walter Hamada, is also an enabler of such behavior.
According to Warner Media, the third party investigation concluded in December and remedial action was taken.
Carpenter’s letter continued to tell of the tremendous amount of psychological damage Joss Whedon caused the actress. He was passive aggressive with the young actress at the time and casually called her fat when she was pregnant.
“Joss [Whedon] has a history of being casually cruel,” Carpenter said. “He has created hostile and toxic work environments since his early career.”