Star’s furious statement on alleged abuse
Aquaman actor Jason Momoa has issued a stunning statement amid investigations into the behaviour of Justice League director Joss Whedon.
It comes after Justice League co-star Ray Fisher accused Whedon of "abusive" on-set conduct during filming for the 2017 movie, adding that Warner Bros and DC executives enabled his behaviour. He has not yet elaborated on the accusations.
Throwing his support behind Fisher - who first tweeted about the allegations in June - Momoa penned a furious, all-caps and expletive-laden message.
Captioning a photo of he and Fisher, he wrote that "serious stuff went down" when the Justice League reshoots under the direction of Joss Whedon took place, following Zack Snyder stepping down in May 2017.
Snyder had stepped away from production following his daughter's suicide. Warner Bros, the studio which owns the rights to DC Comics, installed Buffy creator and Avengers director Joss Whedon to finish the film.
Last month, it was revealed by Fisher, who played Cyborg in the superhero team-up movie, that the circumstances of the film's production during Whedon's stand-in period were being formally investigated.
Today, Momoa took to his Instagram to air his stance on the scandal.
"THIS S**T HAS TO STOP AND NEEDS TO BE LOOKED AT @ray8fisher AND EVERYONE ELSE WHO EXPERIENCED WHAT HAPPEN UNDER THE WATCH OF @wbpictures NEEDS PROPER INVESTIGATION," he wrote.
"I just think it's f***ed up that people released a fake Frosty announcement without my permission to try to distract from Ray Fisher speaking up about the sh***y way we were treated on Justice League reshoots.
"Serious stuff went down. It needs to be investigated and people need to be held accountable," he wrote.
Reports of Momoa voicing Frosty The Snowman in an upcoming film - which producers at the centre of Fisher's allegations are attached to - began circulating on July 1, the same day Fisher went public with his claims.
HOW THE DRAMA UNFOLDED
In June, Fisher, who was part of the ensemble cast of Justice League, which included Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa and Ezra Miller, posted a tweet with video of himself talking about Whedon in a complimentary manner.
Accompanying the video were the words, "I forcefully retract every bit of this statement."
I’d like to take a moment to forcefully retract every bit of this statement: pic.twitter.com/1ECwwu6TG1— Ray Fisher (@ray8fisher) June 29, 2020
He followed that up a few days later accusing Whedon of "gross, abusive, unprofessional and completely unacceptable" behaviour on set during the production.
Fisher also said Whedon was enabled by two former Warner Bros and DC executives, Jon Berg and Geoff Johns.
Berg denied the claims while Whedon and Johns have made no comment.
A few weeks after his initial posts, during a fan convention online panel, Fisher went further. "Obviously I put out some pretty strong words and some strong comments about Joss Whedon, and every single one of those words, every single one of those comments, is true.
"It's taken me two-and-a-half years to get all the information I need to be able to build something that's strong enough so people can't dismiss it."
In mid-August, Fisher tweeted that Warner Media had launched an investigation into the allegations he made.
He thanked them for "making strides to ensure a safer workplace for all".
This week, however, Fisher was back on social media putting another name forward in the saga - president of DC Films Walter Hamada.
He tweeted: "So you can better understand how deep this goes. After speaking out about Justice League, I received a phone call from the president of DC Films wherein he attempted to throw Joss Whedon and Jon Berg under the bus in hopes that I would relent on Geoff Johns. I will not."
Warner Bros responded with a statement to media in which it said that Fisher's claim about Hamada was "false".
Warner Bros also claimed Fisher had refused to co-operate with a third-party investigator hired to look into his allegations.
CO-STARS WADE IN
Momoa, who played Aquaman in Justice League and in his solo superhero film, first posted an Instagram story with Fisher's image along with the caption "IStandWithRayFisher" yesterday.
Following up with his furious Instagram post today was a bold move, with the star expected to reprise his Aquaman role in a sequel.
He is also currently involved in promoting another Warner Bros movie, Dune.
Another co-star, Kiersey Clemons, whose role as Iris West was cut when Whedon took over, has also expressed her support of Fisher.
The behind-the-scenes drama comes months after it was announced the 'Snyder Cut' of Justice League will be released next year.
Originally published as Star's furious statement on alleged abuse