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Buffy's male cast members break their silence over claims of violence by Joss Whedon

Male Buffy cast members are breaking their silence about the accusations made by their female former co-stars despite mounting pressure from fans.

There was a significant silence from the show's male cast when female cast members from the hit'90s show Buffy The Vampire Slayer spoke up last week with accusations against producer Joss Whedon.

The first to speak was Buffy and Angel star Charisma Carpenter, who released a lengthy public statement accusing Whedon of violent on-set conduct that she said "to this day has traumatised me."

Buffy herself, Sarah Michelle Gellar, declared she did not "want to be associated with the name Joss Whedon forever." Within hours, others followed.

Co-star Michelle Trachtenberg, who entered the show in her teens, said that "what (Whedon) did was very bad" and accused the director of "not suitable conduct," arguing that an on-set rule was enforced prohibiting him from being alone in the same room. Their support was also shared by other Buffy actresses.

But little from the male cast of the show-a silence that has been met with intense fan criticism. Several days on, that has changed now.

From Buffy, David Boreanaz switched to his own spin-off show, Angel.
From Buffy, David Boreanaz switched to his own spin-off show, Angel.

The stars of Buffy and Angel spoke in praise of Carpenter, who co-starred in both TV shows with him.

I am here to listen to you and help you. Proud of your power," he wrote yesterday, four days after she posted it, underneath Carpenter's original message. The response from Carpenter indicated that something was going on behind the scenes that fans had not been privy to.

"There you are for me, I know, David. I appreciate what you've done to privately express that support as well. Since Wednesday particularly. Thanks a lot to you,' she wrote.

 Anthony Stewart
 Anthony Stewart

During an emotional appearance on the UK chat show This Morning on Friday, Head, who played Buffy's mentor Rupert Giles throughout the show, said he was "gutted" to hear of the accusations, adding that throughout his years on the program he had no idea.

"Most of the night I was up just running through my memories wondering, 'What was I missing? ', he said to the hosts.

'This is not a man saying,' I didn't see it, so it didn't happen.' I'm gutted, I'm seriously gutted, because the fact that it was so inspiring was one of my memories, my dearest memory. Not only through the words in the script, but the meaning of the show's family... I'm very sorry if people have been through these experiences.

"I was a father figure of some kind. I'd hope somebody came up to me and said, 'I'm struggling, I just had a bad conversation," he added.

There are other posts that make me wonder, "How on Earth did I not know that this was going on?" ’

"I mean, if you are all there for a long time, there are always ups and downs and highs and lows of a show."

Together with Sarah Michelle Gellar and David Boreanaz, Brendon (right)
Together with Sarah Michelle Gellar and David Boreanaz, Brendon (right)

Last week, Brendon, who played Xander in the series, gave quite an interesting initial public statement, stating that he was about to undergo surgery and would like more time to gather his thoughts.

"He said, before explaining his health situation, "It's a big part of my life, a very emotional part of my life and I want to give it the due respect and time it deserves.

My anus is somewhat paralysed, and so is my penis, which is strange. Since I don't know whether I am sh**ting or p**sing, I have to sit down to p**s.

Good. Well. Brendon described his own complex relationship with Whedon in a follow-up video.

Were there, I mean, transgressions? Yeah, they were there. To me, you know what I mean, too? It's like I've had a friendship with Joss, too. And it's him I love. You know, you take... I mean, for me, I've taken the good, I've taken the bad... but that's not all of them.

I really love [Charisma Carpenter] and help [Charisma Carpenter] and I know the story, and it's not a kind story. I know my Joss friendship, and that... there's a lot of compassion. But not either, you know? So when things are like that, it's kind of difficult to offer a comment. It's like,' Hey, make a statement.' My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims. I'm not going to do that sh*t.'

Marsters (far left) and co-stars with Buffy

"While I will always be honored to have played Spike's character, not without challenges was the Buffy set," Marsters tweeted on February 11.

I do not accept violence of any sort, and I am heartbroken to learn about some of the cast's experiences. To everyone concerned, I give my love and support.

Perhaps Buffy's most popular former cast member, American Pie and How I Met Your Mother star Alyson Hannigan, is one star who has not yet publicly spoken up about the controversy. Whedon himself himself has yet to discuss the accusations against him publicly.