“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” actress Michelle Trachtenberg claims showrunner and creator Joss Whedon was not allowed to be alone along with her on set.
After fellow “Buffy” alum Charisma Carpenter and DC Comics star Ray Fisher accused Whedon of misconduct, Trachtenberg, 35, got here ahead Thursday along with her personal allegations relating to the “Avengers” filmmaker.
Responding to “Buffy” star Sarah Michelle Gellar’s public rebuke of Whedon, Trachtenberg accused the author and director of inappropriate, “very dangerous” conduct, although she didn’t specify his alleged actions. From 2000 to 2003, the “Ice Princess” star performed Gellar’s onscreen sister within the hit fantasy sequence.
“I’m courageous sufficient now as a 35 12 months previous lady….To repost [Gellar’s statement]. As a result of. This should. Be identified,” Trachtenberg wrote on Instagram. “As a youngster. Together with his not applicable conduct….very. Not. Acceptable. So now. Individuals know. What Joss. Did.
“The final. Remark I’ll make on this. Was. There was a rule. Saying. He’s not allowed in a room alone with Michelle once more,” she later up to date her caption.
Reps for Whedon didn’t instantly remark additional when reached Friday by The Occasions.
Trachtenberg’s allegations come a day after Carpenter accused him of retaliatory behavior and firing her from the “Buffy” spinoff “Angel” after she turned pregnant. The actress portrayed highschool imply girl-turned-ally Cordelia Chase in each sequence.
“Joss Whedon abused his energy on quite a few events whereas working collectively on the units of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel,” Carpenter tweeted Wednesday.
“Whereas he discovered his misconduct amusing, it solely served to accentuate my efficiency anxiousness, disempower me, and alienate me from my friends,” she added. “The disturbing incidents triggered a continual bodily situation from which I nonetheless undergo. It’s with a beating, heavy coronary heart that I say I coped in isolation and, at instances, destructively.”
Carpenter spoke up in solidarity with Fisher, who previously accused the “Justice League” co-writer of exhibiting “gross, abusive, unprofessional, and fully unacceptable” conduct whereas engaged on the 2017 movie. Within the DC Prolonged Universe, Fisher portrayed Victor Stone, a.okay.a. Cyborg — a task he just lately declined to reprise for the upcoming DC mission “The Flash.”
Carpenter additionally revealed that she participated in WarnerMedia’s “Justice League” investigation of Whedon and producers Geoff Johns and Jon Berg as a result of she trusted Fisher as a “particular person of integrity who’s telling the reality.” That probe was accomplished in December, and “remedial motion has been taken” in consequence, in line with Warner Bros. (Fisher maintains that “[t]listed below are nonetheless conversations that have to be had and resolutions that have to be discovered.”)
Shortly after Carpenter launched her assertion backing Fisher’s account, Gellar — who performed the titular teen on “Buffy” — expressed a want to sever her ties with Whedon whereas throwing her assist behind his accusers.
“Whereas I’m proud to have my title related to Buffy Summers, I don’t wish to be without end related to the title Joss Whedon,” Gellar shared Wednesday on Instagram. “I’m extra targeted on elevating my household and surviving a pandemic at the moment, so I can’t be making any additional statements at the moment. However I stand with all survivors of abuse and am happy with them for talking out.”
In additional response to Gellar’s remarks, Trachtenberg wrote, “What [Whedon] did was very dangerous. However we win. By surviving!”
Occasions workers author Nardine Saad contributed to this report.