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Charisma Carpenter, Ray Fisher Respond To "Tyrannical Narcissistic Boss" Joss Whedon's Comments

Charisma Carpenter hits back at Joss Whedon's response to allegations of toxic behaviour on the sets of 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' and 'Justice League'.

Charisma Carpenter, Ray Fisher Respond To "Tyrannical Narcissistic Boss" Joss Whedon's Comments

Charisma Carpenter has called Joss Whedon a "tyrannical narcissistic boss".

Carpenter — who worked with the director on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off Angel — has responded after he addressed allegations of toxic behaviour from herself, Ray Fisher and Gal Gadot.

She wrote on Instagram: "#IStandWithRayFisher The 'malevolent force' and 'bad actor in both senses' who poisoned my feeble mind with trendy buzzwords and corrupt ideas about my experiences with a former tyrannical narcissistic boss who is still unable to be accountable and just apologize.

In a second post, she shared, "I believe Gal Gadot not only understands career threats in English but also in Hebrew and Arabic. Possibly French, Spanish and Italian too."

In an interview with New York magazine, Whedon responded to Gadot's claims he created a "toxic" atmosphere on set and "abused his power" on the programme, as well as commenting on her weight when she was four months pregnant.

Reflecting on how he spoke to her after finding out she was pregnant, he told the publication: "I was not mannerly."

However, he added: "Most of my experiences with Charisma were delightful and charming.

"She struggled sometimes with her lines, but nobody could hit a punch line harder than her."

And asked directly if he called the actress "fat" while she was pregnant, he replied: "I did not call her fat. Of course, I didn't."

Addressing Gadot's allegations he threatened the Israeli star's career on set, he suggested there was a language barrier.

He said: "I don’t threaten people. Who does that? English is not her first language, and I tend to be annoyingly flowery in my speech."

In response, Gadot said: "I understood perfectly."

Elsewhere, Fisher, who previously accused Whedon of "gross, abusive, unprofessional and completely unacceptable" behaviour on the set of Justice League, has also responded to the director's response.

After the piece was published, Fisher tweeted on Monday (Jan 17): "Looks like Joss Whedon got to direct an endgame after all…

"Rather than address all of the lies and buffoonery today — I will be celebrating the legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tomorrow the work continues. #MLKDay A>E.(sic)"

On the following day, Fisher wrote: "Before I get started today, I want to thank you all for lifting and supporting EVERYONE that has been negatively affected by Joss Whedon.

"I was not the first to speak out about him, but I hope to be one of the last that has to. A>E

"Joss Whedon had nearly two years to get his story straight. He's likely spent tens (if not hundreds) of thousands of dollars on PR, crisis management, and coaching.

"And his response to the allegations is: 'They all misunderstood and/or are out to get me — also my mom is sexy'???(sic)"

Referring to DC Films president Walter Hamada, he added in another tweet: "The irony is: Walter Hamada is probably KICKING himself right now for trying to throw Joss Whedon under the bus. Had Walter waited, he would've seen Joss had already bought a roundtrip ticket to run HIMSELF over…(sic)"

A separate tweet said: " 'Joss Whedon: 'I don't threaten people. Who does that?' The World: I don't know — maybe the guy that used to spend his free time 'plotting elaborate revenges' on his own family?"

Fisher — whom Whedon branded "a bad actor in both senses" in the interview — also offered support to Carpenter.

He tweeted: "#IStandWithCharismaCarpenter who (like this 'bad actor in both senses') has no agency in determining matters of abuse or race, but for the influence of a White male shadow puppeteer. @NYMag and @lilapearl should be ashamed for regurgitating this nonsense. A>E."(sic)"

— BANG SHOWBIZ

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