Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress Michelle Trachtenberg expanded on her statement about Joss Whedon’s on-set abuse, citing a disturbing production rule.
After making a public post on social media supporting her statements Buffy the Vampire Slayer Co-stars about on-set misconduct from show creator Joss Whedon, actress Michelle Trachtenberg, has now expanded on her comments, revealing one aspect of the allegations with disturbing implications.
Trachtenberg had previously responded to a Instagram post from her co-star Sarah Michelle Gellar, who stated that she was proud to play the title role in Buffy, but that she no longer wanted to be associated with Whedon. Trachtenberg has written it with a comment expressing similar sentiments, but now edited the post with an addition that describes certain circumstances during his time on the show.
In his original response, Trachtenberg wrote: “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 your inappropriate behavior …… “However, your updated post contains the addition,” The latest. Comment that I will make on this. I was. There was a rule. Saying. He is not allowed to be alone with Michelle in a room again. “
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 alums Gellar, Amber Benson and Emma Caulfield.
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.
While Trachtenberg did not give any indication as to what happened between her and Whedon to get the rule implemented, it does suggest that she was subjected to something highly inappropriate given her youth at the time of filming, and also that other members of the crew were in on it. So much for misconduct.
At this time, Whedon has not responded to the allegations.
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