Buffy Actor Says Joss Whedon Is “Toxic” To Pretty Women

Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon has faced multiple allegations of workplace misconduct from several stars in his productions over the past several years.

Evan Ross Katz’s new book about the cult 90’s fantasy series, In Every Generation Is Born A Slayer: How ‘Buffy’ Won Our Hearts” is full of interviews with cast and crew about Whedon’s behavior.

In the show’s retrospective, actor Danny Strong, who played the role of Jonathan Levinson, discussed how the allegations against the Justice League writer “went far beyond” what he realized at the time, IndieWire reported.

The romantic vampire drama aired on The WB and UPN for seven seasons from 1997 to 2003.

Strong, 47, remarked in the book, “Look, my experience on set was a very positive one, including my interactions with Joss. And so I didn’t realize how toxic the set was to some.”

Charisma Carpenter, who played Cordelia Chase on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and spinoff series Angel, accused Whedon of “toxic” and “hostile” behavior towards her in a bombastic social media post last year.

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Strong discussed the Justice League director’s on-set antics in Katz’s new tell-all book.
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The Empire creator continued in the novel, “And it seems like it was toxic to the really attractive women. It was for whom he created truly uncomfortable work experiences. And it’s not even the typical kind of sexual harassment.”

“These stories are kind of atypical in terms of creating this petty, almost high school-like environment where the pretty girls are all competing against each other. I’m sure there’s a lot of psychological depth about Joss,” Strong continued.

He also mentioned that the nature of the “Nevers” creator wouldn’t have changed whether he had more Hollywood experience or not.

Strong explained, “I think that mentality that we’re seeing [Whedon] is a bit like this high school nerd who’s mad that the pretty girls didn’t like him, and he’s getting older and he’s going to hit on the pretty girls or hook up with some of the pretty girls, and the pretty girls who don’t like it If you want to meet him, he will somehow attack you or turn other girls against you.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 21: Charisma Carpenter attends the 9th Annual Thirst Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on April 21, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
Carpenter claimed Whedon was “toxic” and called her “fat” when she was pregnant on set.
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The Hunger Games writer also remarked of the filmmaker, “I just want to say, if you’re in your mid-thirties, f–k you. That is not an excuse. By then you should know better. you are very rich you are very successful Forget that you’re still talking about being the high school nerd who didn’t catch the girls. It is not an excuse to mistreat people.”

The Post reached out to Whedon for comment.

Carpenter, 51, claimed last year that Whedon “abused his power” on the sets of both teen shows and called her “fat” when she was four months pregnant.

The show’s titular star, Sarah Michelle Gellar, spoke out after Carpenter’s post when it went viral, writing, “While I’m proud to have my name associated with Buffy Summers, I don’t want the name forever Joss Whedon…I stand with all abuse survivors and am proud of them for speaking out.”

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