Buffy The Vampire Slayer star Nicholas Brendon says he “supports” Charisma Carpenter’s recent claims that the show’s creator Joss Whedon created “hostile and toxic work environments” – but also says he “loves” them both.
Speaking on a Facebook Live stream from a hospital room where he was awaiting back surgery, Brendon – who played Xander in the show – admitted there had been “transgressions” on set, but also appeared to defend Whedon’s actions.
He said: “I mean, unless you know Joss, it’s just kinda, like… Out of this I just hope that growth comes, and healing, and then being a better person and a better people.
“Because 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?
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“It’s like, I had my relationship with Joss as well. And I love him. You take, you know… for me, I took the good, I took the bad… but that’s not everybody.”
He added: “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 isn’t… there are many… 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 that’s like, my thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s families.’ I don’t do that s***.”
His comments on the claims follow those of fellow cast members including the programme’s main star, Sarah Michelle Gellar, along with Anthony Head, Amber Benson, Michelle Trachtenberg, Eliza Dushku, David Boreanaz and James Marsters.
Whedon is yet to publicly respond to the allegations.