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Joss Whedon denies allegations of “toxic” behavior on stage

Joss Whedon has broken his silence over allegations of creating a "toxic" environment on the set of several movies and TV shows. The "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" creator spoke to New York Magazine's Vulture for a detailed profile in which he denied allegations of inappropriate and cruel behavior by several actors, including Ray Fisher, Gal Gadot and Charisma Carpenter.

Monday's profile is the first time Whedon has commented in depth on the countless charges against him. Whedon is quoted as saying that his opponents used "every gun-friendly word in the modern era to make it seem like I was a violent monster," adding: "I think I'm one of The nicer showrunners ever. "

In 2020, Fisher, who played Cyborg in 2017's "Justice League" - which Whedon stepped in to direct after the original director, Zack Snyder, had to take leave - accused Whedon of misconduct, "overt racism" and deliberately downplaying his character's role in the film.

Whedon denied Fisher's allegations of racism, saying none of the actors' accusations were "either true or deserved to be discussed."

"We're talking about a malicious force," Whedon said. "We're talking about a bad actor in both ways."

On Monday, Fisher tweeted an answer that said: "It seems that Joss Whedon, after all, has to direct a playoff game ... Instead of tackling all the lies and fuss today - I want to celebrate the legacy of Pastor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. "Tomorrow the work will continue."

Actor Robert Downey Jr., director Joss Whedon and actor Mark Ruffalo attend the premiere of "Avengers: Age of Ultron" at Indigo Mall on April 19, 2015 in Beijing, China. Visual China Group via Getty Images / Visual China Group via Getty Images

Whedon also denied claims by Gadot, who plays Wonder Woman in several DC Comics movies, including "Justice League," that he "threatened" her career. He called the incident a misunderstanding because "English is not her first language."

Carpenter, who played Cordelia Chase on both "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and its spinoff, "Angel," tweeted a announcement in February 2021 in support of Fisher, repeating his claims that Whedon made his actors and producer uncomfortable on the set.

Carpenter claimed that Whedon "abused his power on several occasions" and said that "although he found his offense amusing, it only served to intensify my performance anxiety, emaciate me and alienate" her from her co-stars. She also claimed that after she became pregnant, Whedon called her fat and asked if she "would keep it."

"The disturbing events triggered a chronic physical condition that I still suffer from," she added.

Several "Buffy" cast and crew members, including Sarah Michelle Gellar, shared statements in support of Carpenter, repeating her allegations that Whedon made the set "toxic" with his inappropriate behavior

In response to the accusations on the set of "Buffy," Whedon said in the Vulture profile: "I was young. I shouted, and sometimes you had to shout. This was a very young cast, and it was easy for everything to turn into a cocktail party. "

Whedon denied Carpenter's views on the events, but said he was "not masculine."

"I did not call her fat," he said. "Of course I did not."


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