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Sarah Michelle Gellar, David Boreanaz, More ‘Buffy’ Actors Respond to Joss Whedon Allegations: ‘I Stand With All Survivors of Abuse’

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UPDATE 4: David Boreanaz, who played Angel on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” has voiced his support for Charisma Carpenter following her allegations of misconduct against the show’s creator, Joss Whedon.

“I am here for you to listen and support you,” Boreanaz wrote in a reply to Carpenter’s original post on Twitter. “Proud of your strength.”

“I know you’re there for me, David,” Carpenter responded. “I appreciate all you’ve done to demonstrate that support privately as well. Especially since Wednesday. -Thank you so much.”

Amy Acker, who portrayed Winifred Burkle and Illyria in “Buffy” spin-off “Angel,” also posted a message of support on Twitter Monday.

“I will always be proud of the work we all did on Angel. While I personally had a good and professional experience, it is heartbreaking to hear that not everyone did,” Acker wrote. “I do not condone any actions that made anyone feel hurt or uncomfortable, and I offer love and support to everyone who is speaking out to tell their truths.”

UPDATE 3: “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” actors Danny Strong, Adam Busch, and Tom Lenk — who played the comically villainous Trio on Season 6 — all expressed support on Saturday for the “Buffy” actors who have alleged misconduct by Whedon.

Strong, who’s become an Emmy-winning TV producer and writer (“Empire,” “Game Change”), tweeted he was sending “love and support” to his costars “who have gone public about their toxic experiences” on the show. Busch (“Altered Carbon”) tweeted he “admired” the actors’ “courage and leadership,” adding “the truth is powerful and it prevails.” And Lenk (“Room 104”) tweeted he had waited to comment “to leave space for the women and series regulars” of “Buffy” to speak out. “But while I am here listening, I wanted to take a moment to send my love and support to the women of ‘Buffy,'” he added.

UPDATE 2: Marti Noxon, a writer and executive producer on “Buffy” and the showrunner for the final two seasons of the show, tweeted her support of the “Buffy” actors on Friday.

“I would like to validate what the women of ‘Buffy’ are saying and support them in telling their story,” Noxon posted to Twitter. “They deserve to be heard. I understand where [Charisma Carpenter], Amber [Benson], Michelle [Trachtenberg] and all the women who have spoken out are coming from.”

In November 2017, Noxon supported “Mad Men” writer Kater Gordon’s allegations of misconduct against showrunner Matthew Weiner.

And James Marsters, who played the vampire Spike on “Buffy” and its spinoff series “Angel,” also tweeted his “love and support” to his co-stars, and said the “‘Buffy’ set was not without challenges.”

“While I will always be honored to have played the character of Spike, the ‘Buffy’ set was not without challenges,” Marsters tweeted. “I do not support abuse of any kind, and am heartbroken to learn of the experiences of some of the cast. I send my love and support to all involved.”

UPDATE: Eliza Dushku, who played Faith on “Buffy” and “Angel,” added her support for her cast members.

“[Charisma Carpenter], my heart aches for you & I’m so sorry you have held this for so long. Your post was powerful, painful and painted a picture we’ll collectively never un-see or un-know. Thank you. I hadn’t known it and I won’t forget it,” Dushku wrote on Instagram. “May you and countless others feel the solidarity and connections you have likely missed for too long. From courage, come change and hope. It starts and will end because of courageous truth-tellers like you. I admire, respect and love you.”

Several “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” stars — including Sarah Michelle Gellar, Michelle Trachtenberg, and Amber Benson — have responded to the allegations that Whedon abused his power on the sets of “Buffy,” its spin-off “Angel,” and the DC Films feature “Justice League.”

“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,” Gellar wrote in a statement on Instagram.

The actor said she will not be making any further statements on the matter, since she is “more focused on raising my family and surviving a pandemic.” But, she added, “I stand with all survivors of abuse and am proud of them for speaking out.”

Gellar’s full statement is below.

Gellar’s “Buffy” co-star Charisma Carpenter posted a lengthy statement to Twitter earlier on Wednesday alleging Whedon “abused his power on numerous occasions” on the set of “Buffy” and “Angel,” including asking her, after learning she was pregnant, if she was “going to keep it.” Carpenter’s pregnancy was incorporated into the show, but after the actor gave birth, she says she was fired.

Carpenter said she came forward in light of the allegations by “Justice League” actor Ray Fisher that Whedon engaged in “gross, abusive, unprofessional and completely unacceptable” behavior on the set of the 2017 superhero film, which Fisher posted to his Twitter feed in July. (Whedon had no comment.) Fisher’s allegations eventually led to an investigation of “Justice League” by WarnerMedia, which Carpenter says she was a part of.

Shortly after Carpenter posted her statement, other “Buffy” co-stars also voiced their support of Carpenter, and alluded to their own allegations of misconduct on the show, which ran from 1997 to 2003 on the WB and UPN (which later merged to the CW).

Trachtenberg, who played Buffy Summers’ young sister Dawn on the show, re-posted Gellar’s statement to her own Instagram feed, and commented that Whedon’s behavior with her “as a teenager” was “not appropriate.”

“Thank you @sarahmgellar for saying this,” Trachtenberg wrote. “I am brave enough now as a 35 year old woman…. To repost this. Because. This must. Be known. As a teenager. With his not appropriate behavior……” Later, Trachtenberg added, “What he did was very bad. But we win. By surviving!”

A rep for Trachtenberg said she has no further comment.

Benson — who played Tara, the girlfriend of wiccan Willow (Alyson Hannigan), and was killed off in Season 6 of “Buffy” — posted to Twitter alleging that the show was a “toxic environment and it starts from the top.”

“There was a lot of damage done during that time and many of us are still processing it twenty plus years later,” Benson wrote.

Clare Kramer, who played the villain Glory on Season 5 of “Buffy,” said on Twitter she stands with Carpenter, Benson, and Fisher “and others who have the strength to come forward with their truth. A lot of this industry needs a reset.”

A rep for Whedon declined to comment on Carpenter’s allegations, and did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Trachtenberg and Benson’s allegations.