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Joss Whedon breaks his silence: ‘I was not mannerly’

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Joss Whedon, creator of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” talked about his relationship with actress Charisma Carpenter, who accused him of abusive behavior in an article published on Monday. 

“I was not mannerly,” Whedon said in an interview with New York Magazine’s Vulture of his interactions with Carpenter after finding out she was pregnant.

“Most of my experiences with Charisma were delightful and charming. She struggled sometimes with her lines, but nobody could hit a punch line harder than her,” he added.

His comments came after Carpenter, who played Cordelia Chase on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and its spinoff “Angel,” accused Whedon of abusive conduct early last year. 

Specifically, she said Whedon “abused his power on numerous occasions” and “only served to intensify my performance anxiety, disempower me, and alienate me from my peers.” 

Carpenter also accused him of asking if she was “going to keep it” in reference to the baby and calling her “fat” to her colleagues four months into her pregnancy, a claim Whedon denied to Vulture.

“I did not call her fat,” he said. “Of course I didn’t.”

Also, after her doctor recommended shortening her work hours when she was six months pregnant, Carpenter said Whedon asked her to report to work at 1 a.m.

The actress said she came forward following accusations from actor Ray Fisher who said Whedon was abusive and unprofessional on the set of “Justice League” in 2017.


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