Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Michelle Trachtenberg accuses director Joss Whedon of 'not appropriate' behavior on set
BUFFY the Vampire Slayer star Michelle Trachtenberg, who starred as Dawn Summers, accused director Joss Whedon of being “not appropriate” on set.
The 35-year-old actress spoke out after seeing co-star Sarah Michelle Gellar do so in the wake of fellow cast member Charisma Carpenter’s allegations against the show creator.
Michelle joined Buffy at the start of season 5, when she was just about to turn 15 years old.
After Charisma shared the allegations, Michelle’s onscreen sister, Sarah, who starred as the titular character, released a statement saying she stands "with all survivors of abuse and am proud of them for speaking out."
The Gossip Girl alum quickly re-shared Sarah’s post, thanking her for saying something.
Michelle added her own perspective on the situation, sharing: “I am brave enough now as a 35 year old woman….To repost this. Because. This must. Be known.
“As a teenager. With his not appropriate behavior….very. Not. Appropriate. So now. People know. What Joss. Did.”
She continued in the comments section: “You. Are my rock!! What he did was very bad. But we win. By surviving!”
The Harriet the Spy actress added in her Instagram Story: “We know what he did. Behind. The. Scenes.”
Charisma, who starred as Cordelia on the cult 90s drama and the spin-off Angel, received an outpouring of support from fans and fellow celebrities and co-stars after sharing her story on Wednesday.
She called Joss a "vampire" who "sucked out joy and promise."
Charisma alleged he would regularly threaten to fire her, call her fat to colleagues while she was pregnant, and "often play favorites, pitting people against one another."
The 50-year-old actress went on to say that she only recently realized she has repressed her "own pain;" in 2019 she admitted to a "frayed" relationship with Joss.
The star also revealed she was part of Warner Bros' Justice League investigation, after Ray Fisher, who starred as Cyborg, alleged Joss was "gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable" with the cast.
Sarah, who starred with Charisma on BTVS for a few seasons before the latter moved over to Angel, said she's "focused on raising" her family but wanted to make one statement on the matter for now.
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"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," she shared.
"I am more focused on raising my family and surviving a pandemic currently so I will not be making any further statements at this time."
She concluded: "But I stand with all survivors of abuse and am proud of them for speaking out."
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