One of the most prestigious Buffy the vampire slayer Writer-Producers Marti Noxon spoke out in favor of cast members Charisma Carpenter, Michelle Trachtenberg and Amber Benson who accused series creator / executive producer Joss Whedon of abuse and creating a work environment toxic.
Noxon joined Buffy as a co-producer at the start of season 3 and rose through the ranks to executive producer / showrunner for the show’s last two seasons, seasons 6 and 7. Carpenter was on the show for the first three seasons, Trachtenberg on seasons 5-7 and Benson for seasons 4-6.
“I would like to validate what the women of Buffy say and support them by telling their story. They deserve to be heard, ”Noxon wrote on Twitter. I understand where Charisma, Amber, Michelle and all the women who have spoken are coming from.
Carpenter was the first to speak on social media Wednesday, accusing Whedon of abusing his power “on numerous occasions.”
Trachtenberg alleged the “inappropriate behavior” of the Buffy creative towards her when she was a teenager. She later added: “There was a rule. Saying. He is no longer allowed to be alone in a room with Michelle. The remark implied that others were aware of Whedon’s allegedly inappropriate interaction with the then miner and had safeguards in place to arrest him.
In a tweet, Benson referred to “a toxic environment” to Buffy, noting that “it starts at the top”.
The actresses also received support from their former co-stars Sarah Michelle Gellar and Eliza Dushku.
Noxon went on to create / showcase a number of post-Buffy, including Sharps, Girlfriends Guide to Divorce and Dietland.