Following Charisma Carpenter, who played Cordelia Chase on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and it’s spin off Angel taking to twitter to shared her experience working with Buffy creator Joss Whedon, Nicholas Brendon has commented on the allegations.
Brendon played Xander Harris, Buffy’s friend and Cordelia’s love interest, throughout all seven seasons of the show. He made his comments in a Facebook video from a hospital room, where he is currently awaiting surgery after suffering a back injury.
During the Facebook video he said:
“I mean, unless you know Joss, it’s just kinda, like… I just hope that growth comes, and healing, and him being a better person and better people. Cause I think that’s what every day is about. You know what I mean? Not beating somebody up.
I mean, were there transgressions? Yeah, there were. To me as well, you know what I mean? It’s like, I had my relationship with Joss as well. And I love him. You know, you take… I mean for me, I took the good, I took the bad….but that’s not everybody.”
Brendan seemed to become emotional as he acknowledged the reports from Charisma Carpenter and others, saying,
“…like I said, I love and support [Carpenter] very much and I know that story, and it’s not a kind story. I know my relationship with Joss and it… there’s a lot of kindness. But also not, you know? So it’s kinda hard to give a statement when things are like that. It’s like ‘hey, make a statement.’ My thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s families. I don’t do that shit.”
In the wake of the investigation into Whedon’s on set behaviour whilst working on the Justice League, Carpenter has accused Whedon of a hostile and abusive work environment with other cast members showing support and sharing their stories on social media including Sarah Michelle Gellar, Clare Kramer, Michelle Trachtenberg, Anthony Head, David Boreanaz, Amy Acker, J. August Richards, Emma Caulfield, James Marsters, Amber Benson, Eliza Dushku, Julie Benz, Danny Strong, Adam Busch, Tom Lenk, and former showrunner Marti Noxon.
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