Buffy the Vampire Slayer star James Marsters has spoken out amid a series of allegations made against the show’s creator Joss Whedon, saying he feels ‘heartbroken to learn of the experiences’ of his co-stars.
Earlier this week, Charisma Carpenter, who played Cordelia Chase in the supernatural series, released a statement online in which she accused Whedon of creating a ‘hostile and toxic work environment’ on the set of Buffy.
The actor said that events that occurred during her time filming the series ‘still traumatise me to this day’ and claimed that Whedon made ‘ongoing passive-aggressive threats to fire me’.
Several of Carpenter’s co-stars have since voiced their support for her, including Eliza Dushku and the show’s lead Sarah Michelle Gellar, who stated: ‘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’, adding that she stands ‘with all survivors of abuse’.
Actor Michelle Trachtenberg also claimed that Whedon was not permitted to be in a room alone with her on the set of the TV show, although she did not go into detail regarding why the alleged rule was instated. Whedon is yet to comment on the allegations.
In a statement shared on social media, Marsters, who played the vampire Spike in the series and its spin-off Angel, said that being on set ‘was not without challenges’.
‘While I will always be honored to have played the character Spike, the Buffy set was not without challenges,’ he wrote.
‘I do not support abuse of any kind, and am heartbroken to learn of the experiences of some of the cast. I send my love and support to all involved.’
During an appearance on This Morning this week, Anthony Head, who portrayed Rupert Giles on Buffy, said that he had ‘no idea’ that anything was happening on set amid the allegations against Whedon.
‘I have been up most of the night just running through my memories thinking “What did I miss?”,’ the actor said.
‘This is not a man saying “I didn’t see it so it didn’t happen”. I am gutted, I’m seriously gutted because one of my memories, my fondest memory was the fact that it was so empowering. Not just with the words in the script, but the family feel of the show.
‘I am really sad that if people went through these experiences.’
The new allegations being made about Whedon come following similar claims previously made by actor Ray Fisher about his time on Justice League.
Last July, Fisher, who played Cyborg in the superhero movie, wrote on Twitter: ‘Joss Wheadon’s on-set treatment of the cast and crew of Justice League was gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable.’
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