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During the Justice League reshoots, Gal Gadot claims Joss Whedon threatened her career

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Gal Gadot spoke about her time working with Joss Whedon in an interview with Israeli news channel N12. Her allegations against the director are only one of many that have emerged.

Gal Gadot talks about her experience working with Joss Whedon.

The Wonder Woman actress talked to Israeli news channel N12 on Saturday, May 8, about her experience working with the producer, who stepped in to film (and re-shoot) Justice League after Zack Snyder left the project due to a family tragedy.

Gal previously told Deadline that her “experience” with Joss “wasn’t the best.” She did, however, explain, “But I took care of it right there and there. I brought it up with the bosses.”

But now, the 36-year-old actress is expanding on her previous remarks regarding the 56-year-old writer of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

“Basically, what I had with Joss was that he threatened my career and told me that if I did something, he would make sure that my career was miserable,” Gal told the TV channel, which was translated from Hebrew to English. “So I just took care of it right away.”

Joss’ representatives, as well as Warner Bros., have yet to respond to Diginews.live’s request for comment.

The director has been criticised in recent months, with many actors from his projects coming forward with their own accounts of working with him. Ray Fisher, the star of the Justice League, and Charisma Carpenter, the actress from Buffy, are among them.

Kai Cole, his ex-wife, has also spoken out about his public image and how it differs from what he is like behind closed doors, accusing him of being a “hypocrite spreading feminist values.”

“I want the people who worship him to know he is human, and the organisations awarding him awards for his feminist work to think twice in the future about celebrating a man who does not practise what he preaches,” she said, accusing him of having “many secret affairs” during their marriage.

Whedon’s rep told Diginews.live at the time that Kai’s essay “contains many inaccuracies and misrepresentations,” and that the filmmaker “will not be commenting, out of concern for his children and respect for his ex-wife.”

On Feb. 10, Charisma, who collaborated with Joss on Buffy and Angel, wrote on Instagram that he “abused his control on several occasions” while working on his shows. She went on to say, “While he found his behaviour humorous, it only increased my performance anxiety, disempowered me, and alienated me from my peers. The upsetting events set off a long-term physical condition from which I am now suffering.”

Buffy is the main character. Following Charisma’s message, Sarah Michelle Gellar wrote on Instagram, “While I am honoured to have my name synonymous with Buffy Summers, I do not wish to be forever linked to Joss Whedon. I support all survivors of violence and applaud their courage in speaking out.”

“Buffy was a toxic place and it starts at the top,” Amber Benson, who played Tara Maclay on the show, tweeted in response to Charisma’s post.

Joss’ team did not respond to a request for comment from Diginews.live at the time.

Ray Fisher, who played Cyborg in 2017’s Justice League, tweeted that Joss’ “on-set treatment of the cast and crew of Justice League was disgusting, violent, unprofessional, and totally unacceptable.” Charisma’s remarks came seven months after Ray Fisher, who played Cyborg in 2017’s Justice League, tweeted that Joss’ “on-set treatment of the cast and crew of Justice League was gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable.”

Following Ray’s allegations, media outlets such as The Hollywood Reporter announced in December that WarnerMedia had completed an investigation into the DC Comics franchise.

“WarnerMedia’s investigation into the Justice League movie has ended, and remedial action has been taken,” the company said in a statement. More information about the action was not given, and Joss declined to comment to THR at the time.

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