Charisma Carpenter appeared in nearly 60 episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer — a show that Joss Whedon created that ran from 1997 to 2002. The way Carpenter describes such specific and disturbing actions from Whedon on set seems to reconfirm that what Fisher went through needs to be taken seriously, especially considering Carpenter is recounting events from nearly two decades ago.
In a pair of tweets, Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress Charisma Carpenter released a statement showing her support for DCEU star Ray Fisher in his legal battle with Joss Whedon.
Carpenter’s statement reveals that she also went through troubling experiences with Whedon on the set of Buffy, similar to how Fisher dealt with Whedon’s abuse on the set of Justice League.
For nearly two decades, I have held my tongue and even made excuses for certain events that traumatize me to this day.
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 isolation and, at time, destructively.
Last summer, when Ray Fisher publicly accused Joss of abusive and unprofessional behavior toward the cast and crew during reshoots of 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.