Ever since Ray Fisher came out against the “gross, abusive, unprofessional and completely unacceptable” behavior from Joss Whedon on the set of Justice League, many from Whedon’s past are also coming forward with their negative experiences with Whedon. Recently, Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Charisma Carpenter alleged abuse and misconduct from Whedon, and now Angel star David Boreanaz has shown his support for Carpenter.
In a tweet posted on February 14, David Boreanaz replied to Charisma Carpenter “I am here for you to listen and support you. Proud of your strength.” Carpenter then replied, “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.” Since coming out against Whedon’s behavior, Carpenter has also received support from Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Michelle Trachtenberg and Angel’s Amy Acker.
Charisma Carpenter revealed her experiences with Whedon last week through an Instagram post. The actress stated that Whedon found his own misconduct amusing, he used passive-aggressive threats, berated her, and other volatile actions that affected her physically. Carpenter also said that Whedon attacked her character, mocked her religious beliefs, and made accusations that she was trying to sabotage the show. Carpenter said that Whedon called her fat when she was pregnant, asked her if she planned on keeping the baby during a meeting, and fired her the season after she gave birth. With the support of actors like David Boreanaz, who also worked with Whedon for years, it seems clear Whedon had a history of terrible behavior on set.
Having appeared in 57 episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and playing the lead role in Angel for five seasons – both of which Joss Whedon created – Boreanaz is arguably the person who has worked with Whedon the most who is attesting to his actions. As of right now, cast members from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Justice League have all stated that Whedon was difficult to work with.
After investigating Ray Fisher’s allegations against Joss Whedon, WarnerMedia announced that they would take “remedial action” late last year against the director. While it’s unclear what actions WarnerMedia took, Whedon unceremoniously exited the HBO project The Nevers, which he had been working on for years. Whether WarnerMedia takes further action against Whedon, Ray Fisher also recently said the company didn’t fire Fisher for his allegations is because they knew he was right. Fisher continues to argue that higher-ups in the WarnerMedia company also need to be looked at, considering they allowed Whedon’s behavior to continue.
Since working with Whedon on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, David Boreanaz has mostly stuck to television. The actor was played the lead role of Seeley Booth in Bones for 12 seasons, and the actor currently stars on CBS’ SEAL Team, which is currently airing its fourth season. But after the two series with Whedon, David Boreanaz has yet to work with Whedon in any capacity again.
With so many actors who have previously worked with Whedon, like Amy Acker and David Boreanaz coming out to support actors like Charisma Carpenter who have firsthand seen Whedon’s abuse, it looks as though the director’s career might be done for good. It seems like the days of directing major television series and DC films might be in the past for Whedon.