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Casey Affleck Addresses Sexual Harassment Allegations After Oscar Win

The actor spoke to the Boston Globe right after picking up his Oscar for Best Actor.

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On Sunday night, Casey Affleck won the Best Actor Academy Award for his role in “Manchester by the Sea.” But controversy has surrounded the actor since his nomination, following the renewed focus on two lawsuits against him by women alleging sexual harassment on the set of his 2010 mockumentary “I’m Still Here.” Although Affleck denied the allegations and both cases were settled out of court, there has been a lot of online chatter condemning the actor.

Notably, “Fresh Off the Boat” star Constance Wu tweeted, “Boys! BUY ur way out of trouble by settling out of court! Just do a good acting job, thats all that matters!” And on Sunday, Brie Larson, who has been a vocal advocate for sexual assault survivors, refused to clap for Affleck after presenting him with his award.

READ MORE: Brie Larson Refused to Clap for Casey Affleck After Presenting Him with the Oscar for Best Actor

The actor finally addressed the issue during an interview with the Boston Globe, which took place right after he picked up his first Oscar on Sunday. When asked about the immediate backlash to his win on social media, the actor “paused and sighed heavily” before saying that that those condemning him on social media do not know what really happened.

READ MORE: Beyond Casey Affleck: Women in Production Say Filing A Sexual Harassment Claim Can Be Career Threatening

“I believe that any kind of mistreatment of anyone for any reason is unacceptable and abhorrent, and everyone deserves to be treated with respect in the workplace and anywhere else,” he said.

“There’s really nothing I can do about it,” he added. “Other than live my life the way I know I live it and to speak to what my own values are and how I try to live by them all the time.”

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Comments

May

There is something he can do about it! Not be an asshole is an option dickhead!

Chris

For a start, has Larson stated on record that she “refused” to clap for him? How about innocent until proven guilty? He may well be a scumbag but he could have just as easily been taken advantage of by opportunists. More important, he gave the very best performance of 2016 and for once, the very best performance was recognized with an Oscar. Do you actually care about movies? Or is Indiewire just a sad liberal buzzword pushing cuntshack now? Am I “mansplaining” too much to you “woke” people with my “microaggressions” you fucking worthless cunts?

    Slimsbrowning

    You seem angry, Chris.

    Ava

    ADP

      Nick

      You mad bro?

Blaž (@artfilmfan)

While i liked the movie, there have been other great performances that were more complex and nuanced than his. And he should be held responsible for his actions, no matter what i think about the movie itself. People who work with you on a set of a movie don’t just come up with accusations (knowing it could harm their career badly against such a name) unless something serious happened. Hollywood is full of people who once they have power think they can do anything. From Bill Cosby to Bryan Singer forward and backward…

malcolm

The film was a pretentious load of rubbish …great acting my ass…
Really nothing of any worth happens in the whole film

Kenneth

Casey Affleck is innocent. The allegations are not credible and slightly ridiculous. Read them yourself. It’s a rip-off attempt by a greedy lawyer who saw his once-in-a-lifetime-opportunity when the young women wanted more money for bad working conditions. But the most important fact is: Casey never did anything criminal. He should have fought it in court. Why do the stars always take the easy way out and settle ? You see what happens later, if you don’t clear your name once and for all ?

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