Charisma, who worked with Joss on Buffy and Angel, posted via Instagram on Feb. 10 that he “abused his power on numerous occasions” during production on his shows. She continued, “While he found his misconduct amusing, it only served to intensify my performance anxiety, disempower me and alienate me from my peers. The disturbing incidents triggered a chronic physical condition from which I still suffer.”
Buffy lead Sarah Michelle Gellar wrote on Instagram in part following Charisma’s post, “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. … I stand with all survivors of abuse and am proud of them for speaking out.”
Amber Benson, who played Tara Maclay on Buffy, tweeted in response to Charisma’s message, “Buffy was a toxic environment and it starts at the top.”
At that time, Joss’ team declined to respond to E! News request for comment.
Charisma’s comments came seven months after Ray Fisher, who played Cyborg in 2017’s Justice League, tweeted that Joss’ “on-set treatment of the cast and crew of Justice League was gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable.”
In December, media outlets including The Hollywood Reporter reported that WarnerMedia completed an investigation into the DC Comics franchise following Ray’s accusations.
The company shared via a statement, “WarnerMedia’s investigation into the Justice League movie has concluded, and remedial action has been taken.” Further details of such action were not provided, and Joss declined to provide comment to THR at that time.