New Zealand markets open in 1 hour 55 minutes
  • NZX 50

    11,267.39
    +60.49 (+0.54%)
     
  • NZD/USD

    0.6410
    +0.0027 (+0.43%)
     
  • ALL ORDS

    7,391.00
    +87.70 (+1.20%)
     
  • OIL

    110.35
    +0.07 (+0.06%)
     
  • GOLD

    1,845.10
    +3.00 (+0.16%)
     

Ray Fisher Says Joss Whedon Had '2 Years to Get His Story Straight' after Director Denies Misconduct

·5-min read

Ray Fisher is addressing what he calls Joss Whedon's "lies and buffoonery" after the director denied allegations of misconduct on the sets of Justice League, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly and Angel.

Fisher, who previously accused Whedon of "gross, abusive, unprofessional and completely unacceptable" behavior on the Justice League set, commented on Whedon's New York Magazine profile piece — in which Whedon spoke out about the many allegations of misconduct against him — published on Monday.

The actor, who starred as Cyborg in the 2017 DC film, tweeted on Monday, "Looks like Joss Whedon got to direct an endgame after all…" before writing, "Rather than address all of the lies and buffoonery today — I will be celebrating the legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tomorrow the work continues. #MLKDay A>E."

But on Tuesday, Fisher decided to break his self-imposed silence on Whedon's interview, tweeting, "Before I get started today, I want to thank you all for lifting and supporting EVERYONE that has been negatively affected by Joss Whedon."

RELATED: Joss Whedon Denies That He Threatened Gal Gadot's Career: 'English Is Not Her First Language'

"I was not the first to speak out about him, but I hope to be one of the last that has to," he tweeted. "A>E."

In a second tweet, Fisher wrote, "Joss Whedon had nearly two years to get his story straight. He's likely spent tens (if not hundreds) of thousands of dollars on PR, crisis management, and coaching."

"And his response to the allegations is: 'They all misunderstood and/or are out to get me — also my mom is sexy'???" Fisher tweeted.

In another tweet, the actor criticized Walter Hamada, the president of DC Films, tweeting, "The irony is: Walter Hamada is probably KICKING himself right now for trying to throw Joss Whedon under the bus. Had Walter waited, he would've seen Joss had already bought a roundtrip ticket to run HIMSELF over…"

RELATED: Joss Whedon Addresses His Affairs on Buffy Set amid Claims of Physical and Verbal Abuse

A different tweet by Fisher read, " 'Joss Whedon: 'I don't threaten people. Who does that?' The World: I don't know—maybe the guy that used to spend his free time 'plotting elaborate revenges' on his own family?"

Representatives for Whedon as well as DC Films did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's requests for comment.

Fisher also showed support for Buffy and Angel star Charisma Carpenter, who also accused Whedon of misconduct in the past.

"#IStandWithCharismaCarpenter who (like this 'bad actor in both senses') has no agency in determining matters of abuse or race, but for the influence of a White male shadow puppeteer," Fisher tweeted, adding, "@NYMag and @lilapearl should be ashamed for regurgitating this nonsense. A>E."

Whedon's recent comments come about a year after Carpenter accused him of abusive behavior on Buffy as well as its spinoff, Angel.

In Carpenter's previous statements, she alleged Whedon called her "fat" after learning she was pregnant. Whedon admitted he "was not mannerly" in his interactions with her at the time.

However, he denied calling her fat. "Most of my experiences with Charisma were delightful and charming. She struggled sometimes with her lines, but nobody could hit a punch line harder than her," he said.

In his interview, Whedon also addressed claims from Fisher, who alleged in an October 2020 interview with Forbes that "race was just one of the issues with the reshoot process" that he had with Whedon. He said at the time, "There were massive blowups, threats, coercion, taunting, unsafe work conditions, belittling and gaslighting like you wouldn't believe."

RELATED VIDEO: Michelle Trachtenberg Says There Was a Rule on Buffy Set That Joss Whedon Could Not Be Alone with Her

Fisher went on to say last year in a feature for The Hollywood Reporter that his own creative input was continually not taken seriously by producer and DC Films co-chairman Geoff Johns and other leadership, including Whedon.

Whedon denied Fisher's claims to New York Magazine, saying he trimmed Cyborg's role in the film because his plot "logically made no sense" and he wasn't a fan of Fisher's acting in it. He also denied digital lightening specifically of Fisher's skin tone, telling New York Magazine that he brightened everything in postproduction.

Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories.

Ray-Fisher-and-Joss-Whedon
Ray-Fisher-and-Joss-Whedon

Frazer Harrison/Getty; Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Ray Fisher (L); Joss Whedon

According to the publication, Whedon said that none of Fisher's claims were "either true or merited discussing." He described Fisher's actions as "a malevolent force," adding, "We're talking about a bad actor in both senses."

Whedon took over directing duties on Justice League after original filmmaker Zack Snyder stepped away from the movie after his 20-year-old daughter's death by suicide.

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting