Though Joss Whedon has but to handle Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel star Charisma Carpenter‘s public accusations of abuse and unprofessional conduct in the course of the manufacturing of each collection, others are. On Friday, Variety posted an unique report primarily based on conversations with 11 people who both labored straight on one or each collection or have been conversant in the reveals’ manufacturing runs. Speaking on situation of anonymity so they may converse freely or out of concern for his or her careers, these interviewed provide a view of Whedon as “a talented, collaborative writer-producer with a pattern of inappropriate, imperious and disparaging behavior toward those who worked for him,” making a “cult of personality” round him. The media/leisure information website reached out to 40 actors, writers, producers, and administrators from each Buffy and Angel, however all declined to remark for the report.

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While the whole report is unquestionably price your time and provides way more context and backstory to what’s been alleged, listed here are only a few of the details that caught out:

1) Quite a few “high-placed sources” declare that complaints towards Whedon by no means made it to the highest studio ranges or turned a human assets matter. Sources additionally had no information “of any payouts or settlements regarding Whedon’s alleged behavior while ‘Buffy’ was in production.

2) Carpenter’s story was corroborated by one source who worked with the actor, claiming that Carpenter would “typically” discuss her mistreatment, referring to it as “very, very dangerous,” “mean-spirited,” and “verbal abuse.” One producer went on record saying that the Buffy writers enjoyed writing for Cordelia, but that hostility towards the actor increased after the move to Angel before her character was eventually written off.

3) Reportedly, Whedon was not in favor of hiring Carpenter but was urged by the network to bring her aboard the cast. This would apparently lead to Whedon “regularly” picking on her and create an environment where others would be “brazenly dismissive” of her acting skills. Two sources reportedly “in excessive positions” claimed Carpenter’s tardiness on the set created “a basic sense of ill-feeling for the actor” that Whedon “weaponized” against the actor.

4) With regards to the claim Michelle Trachtenberg made about there being a rule on set that Whedon wasn’t allowed to be alone with the young actor, “a number of high-placed sources” said they weren’t aware of any rule. But another source with direct knowledge of the show’s production claimed that there was a concerted effort to keep the two from being together “attributable to an improper verbal trade between Whedon and Trachtenberg.”

5) Whedon apparently also had issues early on with Buffy star Sarah Michelle Gellar, who two production sources claim had a “severed relationship” with Whedon. Reportedly, the split between the two was severe enough that “she didn’t need his title spoken round her.”

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After living with the experience for “practically 20 years” before speaking up last week, Carpenter claimed in social media posts earlier this month that, “Joss Whedon abused his energy on quite a few events whereas engaged on the units of ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ and ‘Angel.’ While he discovered his conduct amusing, it solely served to accentuate my efficiency nervousness, disempower me, and alienate me from my friends. The disturbing incidents triggered a persistent bodily situation from which I nonetheless endure. It is with a beating, heavy coronary heart that I say I coped in isolation and, at occasions, destructively.” You can read Carpenter’s entire statement below, where the actress goes on to offer examples of her allegations as well as revealing that she took part in WarnerMedia’s investigation into Justice League star Ray Fisher‘s claims against Whedon.

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Joss Whedon Report Offers Insight Into Carpenter, Trachtenberg Claims
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Here’s a look at the Buffy and Angel star’s original tweets from last Wednesday:

On July 1, 2020, Fisher aka Cyborg took to Twitter to accuse Whedon of being abusive on the 2017 set not long after Whedon took over from Zack Snyder (who left the production due to a family tragedy), and that two other executives helped enable Whedon’s alleged actions. WarnerMedia opened an investigation into Fisher’s allegations, but in early September the company claimed that Fished wasn’t cooperating with third-party investigators Fisher denied those claims, while friends co-stars such as Jason Mamoa began publically supporting Fisher and demanding WarnerMedia take action.

Then on November 24, word came down from Whedon that he was stepping away from his upcoming HBO series The Nevers. Whedon cited “the extent of dedication required shifting ahead, mixed with the bodily challenges of constructing such an enormous present throughout a world pandemic” as being a major factor in his decision. HBO confirmed in a brief statement that it had parted ways with the show’s creator, writer, director, executive producer, and showrunner. “We have parted methods with Joss Whedon. We stay enthusiastic about the way forward for The Nevers and look ahead to its premiere,” wrote the cable network in a statement. Along with Sarah Michelle Gellar, Michelle Trachtenberg (Dawn Summers), Amber Benson (Tara Maclay), Emma Caulfield (Anya), Anthony Head (Rupert Giles), Eliza Dushku (Faith), James Marsters (Spike), J. August Richards (Charles Gunn), David Boreanaz (Angel), Amy Acker (Fred), and Nicholas Brendon (Xander) as well as writers Marti Noxon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel) and Jose Molina (Firefly), have taken to social media to offer Carpenter support.

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