Sarah Michelle Gellar Responds to Joss Whedon Allegations: ‘I Stand With All Survivors of Abuse’
“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” star Sarah Michelle Gellar has responded to the allegations that Joss Whedon abused his power on the sets of “Buffy,” its spin-off “Angel,” and the DC Films feature “Justice League.”
“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,” Gellar wrote in a statement on Instagram.
The actor said she will not be making any further statements on the matter, since she is “more focused on raising my family and surviving a pandemic.” But, she added, “I stand with all survivors of abuse and am proud of them for speaking out.”
Gellar’s “Buffy” co-star Charisma Carpenter posted a lengthy statement to Twitter earlier on Wednesday alleging Whedon “abused his power on numerous occasions” on the set of “Buffy” and “Angel,” including asking her, after learning she was pregnant, if she was “going to keep it.” Carpenter’s pregnancy was incorporated into the show, but after the actor gave birth, she says she was fired.
Shortly afterward Carpenter posted her statement, “Buffy” actor Amber Benson posted to Twitter in support, alleging that “Buffy” was a “toxic environment and it starts from the top.”
“There was a lot of damage done during that time and many of us are still processing it twenty plus years later,” Benson wrote.
A rep for Whedon declined to comment on Carpenter’s allegations.
Carpenter said she came forward in light of the allegations by “Justice League” actor Ray Fisher that Whedon engaged in “gross, abusive, unprofessional and completely unacceptable” behavior on the set of the 2017 superhero film, which Fisher posted to his Twitter feed in July. (Whedon had no comment.) Fisher’s allegations eventually led to an investigation of “Justice League” by WarnerMedia, which Carpenter says she was a part of.
Gellar’s full statement is below.
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