BUFFY The Vampire Slayer star Charisma Carpenter has accused Joss Whedon of "cruel and abusive behavior."
Charisma, who starred as Cordelia on the cult 90s drama and the spin-off Angel, took to social media on Wednesday to share her story, and call the cult favorite a "vampire" who "sucked out joy and promise."
"Joss Whedon abused his power on numerous occasions while working together," Charisma shared.
"While he found his misconduct amusing, it only served to intensify my performance anxiety, disempower me and alienate me from my peers."
"Joss has a history of being casually cruel," she continued, alleging the Avengers director has "created toxic and hostile work environments since his early career."
Charisma went on to allege 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 actress also accused the writer and director of asking her if she would "keep" her baby, when he discovered she was pregnant, and then "unceremoniously fired me the following season once I gave birth."
Charisma, 50, 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.
She thanked the Times Up movement for allowing her to "understand the complexities of this demoralized thinking," adding that "these memories and more have weighed on my soul like bricks for nearly half of my life."
The star also revealed she had been helping Warner Bros in their Justice League investigation, after Ray Fisher, who starred as Cyborg, alleged Joss's "treatment of the cast and crew of Justice League was gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable."
Warner Bros alleged Ray was not cooperating with their investigation, and in December concluded "remedial action was taken" and revealed Ray would not be returning as Cyborg in The Flash.
Ray responded to claim he "did not publicly step down from anything," though later noted he would "not participate in any production associated" with DC Films President Walter Hamada.
"I believe Ray to be a person of integrity who is telling the truth," Charisma continued. "His firing as Cyborg was the last straw for me."
She added that it was troubling that in 2021 "professionals still have to choose between whistleblowing in the workplace and job security."
Charisma's claims comes nearly four years after Whedon's ex-wife Kai Cole claimed he was a "hypocrite" who was "preaching feminist ideals, while at the same time… deceiving me for 15 years, so he could have everything he wanted."
A spokesperson for Whedon at the time said: "While this account includes inaccuracies and misrepresentations which can be harmful to their family, Joss is not commenting, out of concern for his children and out of respect for his ex-wife."
The Sun has contacted reps for Joss for comment.
Buffy The Vampire Slayer ran for seven seasons between 1996 and 2003.
Angel, the spin-off, launched in 1999 and saw Charisma's character move from Sunnydale to Los Angeles, where she worked with Angel in his private detective agency.
Cordelia was killed off at the beginning of the final season.
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