Ray Fisher has been in the center of controversy ever since he has called out Joss Whedon for his allegedly abusive behavior on set. Now, an actress came out of the woodwork, accusing the director of abuse.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off Angel alumni Charisma Carpenter, released a public statement. In her statement, she alleges Joss Whedon’s abusive behavior and unprofessionalism while on the set of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel.
Carpenter tweeted her statement stating, “My truth.” Adding the hashtag used to support Fisher, #IStandWithRayFisher on her tweet. The hashtag was a show of solidarity with Fisher, who first aired his allegations against Whedon on the Justice League set last July 2020.
The actress said that she stayed silent for nearly two decades and made excuses for what she has experienced. She said that Whedon’s attitude disempowered her and fueled her performance anxiety.
Some of the incidents that the actress mentioned included passive-aggressive threats, calling her fat when she was four months pregnant and only weighed 126 pounds, played favorites, and pitted people against each other to compete for his attention and approval.
Carpenter recalled a meeting with Whedon where she claimed he berated her for getting a rosemary tattoo. In her account, Whedon also refused multiple calls from her agents notifying him of her pregnancy. She alleged that the director also asked, if she was “going to keep it” when they talked.
The actress went on to say that the director also mocked her religious beliefs, accused her of sabotaging the show, attacked her character, and fired her the following season, once she gave birth.
The actress said that she participated in WarnerMedia’s Justice League investigation. Carpenter said that Fisher’s firing as Cyborg in The Flash was the last straw for her. She added that it took her so long to muster the courage to speak up.
WarnerMedia recently concluded the investigation, saying that appropriate actions were taken. Fisher has also accused Warner Bros executives of enabling Whedon’s attitude.