Michelle Trachtenberg, who played Buffy’s little sister Dawn in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, has backed up her co-stars’ allegations about Joss Whedon.
Michelle Trachtenberg, star of Buffy the Vampire Slayer As Buffy’s little sister Dawn, she has responded to a post from her co-star Sarah Michelle Gellar to thank her for talking about Joss Whedon’s behavior on the show’s set.
Whedon has recently faced many allegations of misconduct and abuse during film and television productions, beginning with claims of League of Justice star Ray Fisher which led to a WarnerMedia investigation. This was followed by Charisma Carpenter’s public statement alleging that Whedon’s inappropriate behavior had started much earlier in his career, citing her experience working with him on Buffy the Vampire Slayer Y Angel. Carpenter has since been endorsed by fellow Buffy alumni Amber Benson and Gellar, the latter of whom prompted Trachtenberg to make her own comments.
Carpenter’s statement came in an extensive description of the trauma he faced as a star of Whedon’s shows, detailing his memories of various incidents that he had not shared before. He also revealed that he had participated in the WarnerMedia investigation of Whedon.
Though the comments from the other stars who have featured since have been shorter, they have all shown their support for Carpenter and have not provided any conflicting accounts of their experiences. Benson’s Twitter post read: “There was a lot of damage during that time and many of us are still processing it more than twenty years later.”
Gellar’s Instagram post stated that she was proud to play the lead role in Buffy, but that she no longer wanted to be associated with Whedon. Trachtenberg wrote it down and added a comment saying: “Thank you [Gellar] for saying this. I’m brave enough now as a 35 year old woman … to re-post this. Why. This must. Be known. As a young man. With his inappropriate behavior …… “
Tractenberg first appeared on the show in its fifth season and remained a series regular until the end of the series. Unlike most of the cast members, she was roughly the same age as the character she played, fifteen years old.
In a second comment, Trachtenberg told Gellar: “You. You are my rock! What he did was very bad. But we won. Surviving!” He also added Gellar’s post to an Instagram story and captioned it with the text reading: “We know what he did. Behind. The. Scenes.”
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