Buffy The Vampire Slayer actor David Boreanaz has broken his silence after Buffy co-star Charisma Carpenter came forward last week with abuse allegations against the show’s director Joss Whedon. The man who fronted ‘Angel’ in the 1997 series says he is “proud” of her strength to speak out.
“I am here for you to listen and support you. Proud of your strength,” the 51-year-old tweeted on Sunday. Carpenter was quick to reply to the message of support posting, “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.”
I am here for you to listen and support you. Proud of your strength♥️🙏
— David Boreanaz (@David_Boreanaz) February 14, 2021
Carpenter starred as Cordelia Chase throughout the fantasy series from 1997 to 2003 and later joined the cast of the popular spin-off series, Angel, from 1999 to 2004. Carpenter has accused Whedon of abusing his power on set via a lengthy statement on social media on February 10.
“For nearly two decades, I have held my tongue and made excuses for certain events that traumatize me to this day,” began Carpenter, 50. “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 times, destructively.”
She continued, “He was mean and biting, disparaging about other openly, and often played favorites, pitting people against one another to compete and vie for his attention and approval.”
Following the birth of her child, Carpenter was fired after Whedon asked if she was going to keep the baby.
It’s not the first time Whedon has been called out on his behaviour. Justice League star Ray Fisher came forward in July 2020, accusing the filmmaker of being “gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable” on the set of the superhero film in 2017. It prompted an investigation and at its conclusion in December 2020, Warner Media released a statement saying “remedial action has been taken.”
More to come.