Buffy The Vampire Slayer star Sarah Michelle Gellar has spoken out after the show’s creator Joss Whedon was accused of abuse.
The 43-year-old actress took to social media to throw her support behind victims of abuse but added that she would not make any more comments.
Her remark came shortly after her former co-star Charisma Carpenter accused Whedon of ‘abusing his power’ while on set.
On Wednesday, Sarah took to Instagram to state that she did not want her name forever associated with Joss Whedon.
“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,” Sarah wrote.
“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.
The actress added: “But I stand with all survivors of abuse and am proud of them for speaking out.”
Sarah turned the comments off on the post and also shared the statement on her Instagram story.
Sarah’s social media post came shortly after her former co-star, Charisma, shared ‘her truth’ in a Twitter statement.
The 50-year-old actress, who played Cordelia Chase on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, said that she felt ‘powerless and alone’ and accused Joss of ‘abusing his power on numerous occasions while working together.’
In the statement, the actress alleged that Joss had threatened to fire her, and called her “fat” when she was pregnant.
She wrote on Twitter: “Joss Whedon abused his power on numerous occasions while working together on the sets of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. While he found his misconduct amusing, it only served to intensify my performance anxiety, disempower me, and alienate me from my peers.
Carpenter then claimed that Joss had a history of being “cruel” and that he created a “hostile” place to work.
When Charisma found out that she was pregnant, the actress claimed she was called into Joss’ office where he asked whether she was going to ‘keep it’.
She later adds: “He proceeded to attack my character, mock my religious beliefs, accuse me of sabotaging the show, and then unceremoniously fired me the following season once I gave birth.”
Charisma also added that this took place while she was gearing up to become a mother.
“Unfortunately, all this was happening during one of the most wonderful time in new motherhood,” Charisma continued.
“All that promise and joy sucked right out. And Joss was the vampire”.
Representatives for Gellar, Chase and Whedon have been approached by The Mirror for comment.
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