James Marsters, who played the vampire Spike on iconic '90s TV series Buffy The Vampire Slayer, is the latest cast member to speak out after claims
James Marsters, who played the vampire Spike on iconic ’90s TV series Buffy The Vampire Slayer, is the latest cast member to speak out after claims of abuse against show creator Joss Whedon emerged earlier this week.
In Twitter and Instagram posts shared Friday, the actor, 58, referred to ‘challenges’ on the Buffy set and said he was ‘heartbroken to learn’ of allegations leveled against Whedon by former costar Charisma Carpenter.
‘While I will always be honored to have played the character of Spike, the Buffy set was not without challenges,’ Marsters’ statement read.
Speaking out: James Marsters, who played the vampire Spike on iconic ’90s TV series Buffy The Vampire Slayer, is the latest cast member to speak out after claims of abuse against show creator Joss Whedon emerged earlier this week
‘I do not support abuse of any kind, and I’m heartbroken to learn of the experiences of some of the cast. I send my love and support to all involved.’
His statement comes as fans are calling out fellow Buffy stars David Boreanaz and Alyson Hannigan for staying quiet amid the allegations.
Earlier this week Carpenter, who played Cordelia on the hit show, accused Whedon of creating a ‘toxic’ atmosphere on set and ‘abusing his power’.
In Twitter and Instagram posts shared Friday: The actor referred to ‘challenges’ on the Buffy set and said he was ‘heartbroken to learn’ of allegations leveled against Whedon by former costar Charisma Carpenter
And now fans of the show are questioning why two key cast members – Boreanaz, who played Angel, and Hannigan, who played Willow – have not said anything, while several other cast members have shown their support for Carpenter.
‘The silence from David Boreanaz & Alyson Hannigan is deafening’ came one comment on Twitter.
SEAL Team actor Boreanaz, 51, mysteriously wiped his Instagram this week and now only has one photo, showing his father Dave Roberts, on his page.
Buffy fans are calling out David Boreanaz and Alyson Hannigan for staying silent amid the allegations of abuse from costar Carpenter made against show creator Joss Whedon
‘interesting response from david boreanaz ! deleting all your insta posts to magnify your silence is a new one ! cool one bro !’ one fan wrote on Twitter.
‘He does have a responsibility to his cast mates and the fans. It’s worrying to see him delete his posts too. Now I feel like there’s more to the story.’
‘There is a responsibility here to stand up for what’s right and I’d always seen him do so. So why not this time?’ another fan mused about Boreanaz on Twitter.
Staying quiet: Boreanaz, 51, wiped his Instagram this week and now only has one photo, showing his father Dave Roberts, on his page
While another Twitter user wrote: ‘Most of the guys from the show have their own things going on. You notice how Alyson Hannigan and David Boreanaz, the two most successful alum haven’t said s***? But the ones doing direct to video and hallmark films or not working at all are making a bunch of noise.’
‘Alyson Hannigan remaining quiet amid this Joss Whedon mess is so disappointing, but not surprising. I hope she grows a conscious [sic] eventually and speaks up against Joss and for her fellow actors that were abused by him.’ another person chimed in.
Two other key cast members; Nicholas Brendon, who played Xander, and Seth Green, who played Oz, are also yet to comment on the matter.
Tweets: Many fans are questioning why the duo, two of the most successful stars to come from the series, haven’t said anything
Eliza Dushku, who played Faith on the show, spoke out on Thursday in support of Carpenter.
Dushku, 40, wrote that she ‘hadn’t known’ about Carpenter’s experiences on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and offered her support to her friend.
In her Instagram statement she wrote: ‘CC, my heart aches for you and I’m so sorry you have held this for so long. Your post was powerful, painful, and painted a picture we’ll collectively never un-see or un-know. Thank you. I hadn’t known it and I won’t forget it.
‘I frequently think of the saying, ‘we are as sick as our secrets’. Our secrets indeed make and keep us sick. What I’m learning more and more — and have personally found most valuable — is that profound healing can only come from naming and disclosing what actually happened, the necessary first step (once someone’s ready) to freeing ourselves from our secrets, untold truths which have kept us isolated, ashamed, and held hostage.(sic)’
Angel and Willow: Boreanaz and Hannigan were key cast members in the show which ran from 1997 to 2003, with spinoff Angel running from 1999 to 2004. They have both gone on to have success with new shows
No comment: Nicholas Brendon, who played Xander and Seth Green, who played Oz, are also yet to comment on the matter
She continued: ‘Neglecting to ‘name’ the “power/gender/sexual/racial abuse epidemic in the entertainment industry (and for that matter society in general) enables the abusers and only emboldens and ultimately fortifies abusive systems.
‘May you and countless others feel the solidarity and connection you have likely missed for too long. From courage, come change and hope. It starts and will end because of courageous truth-tellers like you. I admire, respect, and love you.’
Meanwhile, veteran actor Anthony Head – who played Buffy’s mentor Rupert Giles – has admitted he was ‘gutted’ to have been unaware of Charisma’s experience on the show and admitted he’s been kept awake worrying about the fact he had no idea.
He said: ‘I have been up most of the night just running through my memories thinking, “What did I miss?” This is not a man saying, “I didn’t see it so it didn’t happen.” I am gutted. I’m seriously gutted because one of my memories — my fondest memory — was the fact that it was so empowering. Not just with the words in the script, but the family feel of the show.
On Thursday, Buffy star Elisha Duzku added her support to Carpenter in a heartfelt message. ‘CC, my heart aches for you and I’m so sorry you have held this for so long,’ the 40-year-old wrote on her Instagram
The actress, 40, concluded: ‘From courage, comes change and hope. It starts and will end because of courageous truth-tellers like you. I admire, respect, and love you’
Dushku, who played Faith on the hit shows, shared: ‘I frequently think of the saying, ‘we are as sick as our secrets’. Our secrets indeed make and keep us sick’
Gellar, 43, issued a statement Wednesday: ‘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’
Gellar, who starred in the titular role of Buffy from 1997 to 2003, appeared to validate Carpenter’s claims when she stated Wednesday: ‘I stand with all survivors of abuse and am proud of them for speaking out’
‘I am really sad that if people went through these experiences.’
Sarah Michelle Gellar, who played Buffy, as well as Michelle Trachtenberg, who played Buffy’s sister, have made comments in support of the accusations.
And on Friday James Marsters, who played vampire Spike, spoke out in support of Carpenter.
Amber Benson, who played Tara Maclay, chimed in on Twitter, saying: ‘Buffy was a toxic environment and it starts at the top.’
Carpenter – who played Cordelia Chase in the supernatural drama series – has accused Whedon of making ‘ongoing, passive-aggressive threats’ to fire her and causing tension by ‘playing favorites’ on set.
Carpenter (left, in 1999) claims Whedon would regularly make ‘passive-aggressive’ threats to fire her throughout the filming of the two shows, which she said ‘wreaks havoc on a young actor’s self-esteem’
She wrote on Instagram: ‘He has created hostile and toxic work environments since his early career. I know because I experienced it first-hand. Repeatedly.
‘Like his ongoing, passive-aggressive threats to fire me, which wreaks havoc on a young actor’s self-esteem. And callously calling me “fat” to colleagues when I was four months pregnant, weighing 126lbs. He was mean and biting, disparaging about others openly, and often played favorites, pitting people against one another to compete and vie for his attention and approval. (sic)’
The 56-year-old producer has yet to respond.
‘For nearly two decades, I have held my tongue and even made excuses for certain events that traumatize me to this day,’ Carpenter wrote. ‘Joss Whedon abused his power on numerous occasions while working together on the sets of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel’