Wednesday, March 3

Buffy Star David Boreanaz Offers Support to Charisma Carpenter Amid Joss Whedon Claims – Hollywood Reporter

Former ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ actors Danny Strong, Adam Busch and Tom Lenk also spoke up after the actress’ allegations.

David Boreanaz has spoken out on the misconduct allegations against Joss Whedon, joining a growing group of former Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel castmembers to support their former co-star Charisma Carpenter.

Danny Strong, Adam Busch and Tom Lenk — the “Trio” of villains from season six of Buffy — also lent their support online for Carpenter, as did her former Angel co-star Amy Acker.

Last week, Carpenter accused Whedon of “traumatizing” her on set and creating an environment that was both “hostile” and “toxic.”

“Joss Whedon abused his power on numerous occasions while working together on the sets of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel,” she wrote of the show creator. “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.”

On Sunday, Boreanaz (now the lead on CBS’ SEAL Team) replied to Carpenter’s statement on Twitter, writing, “I am here for you to listen and support you. Proud of your strength.”

Carpenter replied, “I know you’re there for me, David. I appreciate all you’ve done to demonstrate that support privately as well. Especially since Wednesday. Thank you so much.”

Following Carpenter’s statement last week, fellow Buffy star Sarah Michelle Gellar weighed in with a brief comment on social media. “While I am proud to have my name associated with Buffy Summers, I don’t want to be forever associated with the name Joss Whedon. I am more focused on raising my family and surviving a pandemic currently, so I will not be making any further statements at this time, but I stand with all survivors of abuse and am proud of them for speaking out.”

Michelle Trachtenberg, who played Buffy’s younger sister Dawn on the WB drama series, thanked Gellar on her Instagram account and noted as a 35-year-old woman, she is now “brave enough” to repost this. She further stated that there was a rule, saying: “He’s not allowed in a room alone with Michelle again.”

Eliza Dushku, who appeared in Buffy and the spinoff series Angel as Faith, and James Marsters, who played Spike, along with Buffy writer Marti Noxon, have also weighed in in support of Carpenter.

Over the weekend, Strong tweeted that he’s “sending love and support” to Carpenter, Gellar, Trachtenberg, fellow Buffy actress Amber Benson “and all who have gone public about their toxic experiences” the series. Busch and Lenk made similar statements on social media, and Acker wrote that “While I personally had a good and professional experience, it is heartbreaking to hear not everyone did. … I offer love and support to everyone who is speaking out to tell their truths.”


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