David Boreanaz is “proud” of Charisma Carpenter after she came forward with her allegations against Joss Whedon, whom she accused of creating a "toxic" working environment on the set of Angel.
Carpenter — who played Cordelia Chase in the supernatural drama series — slammed the show’s creator last week in a social media post which saw her accuse him of making "ongoing, passive-aggressive threats" to fire her.
And on Sunday (Feb 14), Boreanaz — who starred as fan-favourite character Angel between 1997 and 2003, as well as landing is own spin-off show which ran from 1999 to 2004 — responded to her post to let her know he is standing with her.
Boreanaz , 51, wrote on Twitter: “I am here for you to listen and support you. Proud of your strength.”
I am here for you to listen and support you. Proud of your strength♥️🙏— David Boreanaz (@David_Boreanaz) February 14, 2021
Carpenter, 50, then responded, writing: “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. (sic)”
In her original post, Carpenter accused Whedon of “abusing his power”.
She wrote: "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. (sic)"
Carpenter also alleged Whedon called her "fat" when she was pregnant, and claimed he would often try to “pit” cast members against each other to “compete and vie for his attention and approval”.
Since her post was uploaded, several members of the Buffy cast have spoken out to offer Charisma their support, including Sarah Michelle Geller, Michelle Trachtenberg, Eliza Dushku, and James Marsters.
Marsters, who played Spike on Buffy and Angel, said he was "heartbroken" by the allegations.
"While I will always be honored to have played the character of Spike, the Buffy set was not without challenges," the actor, 58, tweeted. "I do not support abuse of any kind, and am heartbroken to learn of the experiences of some of the cast."
While I will always be honored to have played the character of Spike, the Buffy set was not without challenges. 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.— James Marsters (@JamesMarstersOf) February 12, 2021
On Monday, Amy Acker, another mainstay in the Buffyverse who’s collaborated with Whedon on multiple projects, including Angel and Firefly, also released a statement on Twitter.
“I will always be proud of the work we all did on Angel. While I personally had a good and professional experience, it is heartbreaking to hear that not everyone did,” Acker, 44, wrote. “I do not condone any actions that made anyone feel hurt or uncomfortable, and I offer love and support to everyone who is speaking out to tell their truths.”
Whedon has yet to respond to the allegations. — BANG
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