On Tuesday, Casey Affleck spoke about his past sexual harassment allegations after he faced backlash for winning Best Actor at the 89th Academy Awards. Affleck sat down for an interview with the Boston Globe, where he was asked about the widespread criticism of his Oscars win. Affleck said, “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. There’s really nothing I can do about it. 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.”
In 2010, Affleck was sued for sexual harassment by producer Amanda White and cinematographer Magdalena Gorka, who both worked on “I’m Still Here” with him. The women alleged that Affleck and other male crew members harangued them with unwanted sexual comments, advances and intimidation throughout filming. Both lawsuits were settled out of court, and Affleck has continued to deny the claims.
After Affleck took home the Best Actor Academy Award on Sunday, many people on Twitter reacted with frustration. Actor B.J. Novak tweeted:
Can we check Best Actor again— B.J. Novak (@bjnovak) February 27, 2017
One Twitter account called Feminist Frequency posted:
Casey Affleck should not have won. People who commit sexual harassment should lose their jobs, not be celebrated with honor and prestige.— Feminist Frequency (@femfreq) February 27, 2017
Writer and producer Gary Janetti chimed in:
If Trump can be accused of sexual abuse and become president it's only fair that Casey Affleck win an Oscar.— Gary Janetti (@GaryJanetti) February 27, 2017
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