A representative for television and movie producer Joss Whedon has responded to an essay that the filmmaker’s ex-wife wrote for TheWrap.com alleging multiple infidelities in the course of their marriage.
“While this account includes inaccuracies and misrepresentations which can be harmful to their family, Joss is not commenting, out of concern for his children and out of respect for his ex-wife,” Whedon’s spokesperson said Monday in a statement to Newsday.
Kai Cole, whom Whedon met in 1991 and married in 1995, wrote that she felt “compelled to go on the record and clear up some misperceptions.” She alleged that Whedon, 53, had had his first affair on the set of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” the first series he created in 1997. During “the next decade and a half, he hid multiple affairs and a number of inappropriate emotional ones that he had with his actresses, co-workers, fans and friends,” she wrote, adding, “By the time he finally confessed the truth, 15 years [later] . . . I was broken. My brain could not fit my experience of our life together, through the new lens of his deceit. . . . I was eventually diagnosed with Complex PTSD and for the last five years, I have worked hard to make sense of everything that happened and find my balance again.”
Cole said Whedon “never conceded the hypocrisy of being out in the world preaching feminist ideals, while at the same time, taking away my right to make choices for my life and my body based on the truth.” The filmmaker this year wrote, directed, produced and funded the three-minute video “Unlocked” for Planned Parenthood.
Cole and Whedon have two children together, Arden, 14, and Squire, 12.
Us Weekly said in May, citing court documents, that Whedon had quietly filed for divorce years earlier, on Dec. 8, 2012, listing the date of separation as April 20, 2012. The divorce was not finalized until July 1, 2016.
Cole, who co-founded Bellwether Pictures with Whedon to produce his features “Much Ado About Nothing” (2012) and “In Your Eyes” (2014), is an architect. Whedon’s films as screenwriter-director include “Serenity” (2005), “The Avengers” (2012) and “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (2015). He has reportedly been involved in reshoots for the upcoming superhero movie “Justice League,” and in March was in talks to write, direct and produce a “Batgirl” film.