Julie Benz and a handful of other Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum showed support for Charisma Carpenter, after the actor accused Joss Whedon of abuse.
Julie Benz joined former Buffy the Vampire Slayer co-stars in supporting Charisma Carpenter, who went public recently with abuse claims against Buffy creator Joss Whedon.
“My heart goes out to all victims of abuse,” Benz, who portrayed vampire Darla on both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spinoff series Angel, tweeted on Feb. 14. “Sending love to my fellow Buffy and Angel survivors. I stand with you and support you.”
My heart goes out to all victims of abuse. Sending love to my fellow Buffy and Angel survivors. I stand with you and support you. ♥️
— Julie Benz (@juliebenz) February 14, 2021
The three actors who made up The Trio on Buffy — Adam Busch (Warren), Danny Strong (Jonathan) and Tom Lenk (Andrew) — also backed Carpenter publicly on Twitter by releasing individual statements. “I support Charisma, Sarah, Amber & Michelle,” Busch tweeted. “I admire their courage and leadership. The truth is powerful and it prevails.”
Meanwhile, Strong added, Sending love and support to @AllCharisma @amber_benson @RealMichelleT @SarahMGellar and all who have gone public about their toxic experiences on @BuffyTVS. I truly admire your bravery in speaking out.”
Lenk also shared a statement on Twitter that read, “So as not to center myself in the narrative, I thought it was important to leave space for the women and series regulars of BTVS to speak. But while I am here listening, I wanted to take a moment to send my love and support to the women of Buffy.”
Carpenter publicly accused Whedon of abuse and unprofessional behavior while on the sets of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel on Feb. 15, while showing support for Justice League actor Ray Fisher, who made similar allegations against Whedon in July 2020.
Writer Jeff Marriotte, who is best known for writing several novels and comics in the Buffyverse, also extended his support to Carpenter and other female actors impacted by Whedon’s behavior in a lengthy Twitter thread posted shortly after the allegations went public.
“I absolutely believe everything Charisma says. It fits with everything I’ve seen and heard about Joss over the years,” Mariotte wrote. “He pretends to be a feminist, and he can pull off the pretense for a while. But when the spotlight’s off, the truth emerges.” He continued, “The casts and crews of those shows were total professionals, performing near miracles to make them some of the best TV we’ve ever seen. Joss is happy to take credit for that. He’s a talented guy. But he’s a jerk, and he should not be lionized.”
Marriotte concluded his thread by thanking Carpenter for her “brave remarks,” adding, “You’re amazing — and Cordelia, I’ve said many times, was my favorite character to write. You’re the reason why.” He also included the hashtag “#IStandWithRayFisher.”
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