Casey Affleck Addresses Sexual Harassment Allegations for the First Time Since Oscar Win

“There’s really nothing I can do about it.”

Casey Affleck Addresses Sexual Harassment Allegations for the First Time Since Oscar Win

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Eliza Thompson

Mar 1, 2017

Despite rumblings that Denzel Washington might overtake him at the last minute, Casey Affleck took home the Oscar for Best Actor on Sunday night, in spite of the 2010 sexual harassment allegations against him that resurfaced during awards season. In an interview with the Boston Globe, Casey spoke about the allegations for the first time since his big win, and not surprisingly, didn’t have much to say. “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. 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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In 2010, two women who worked on the movie I’m Still Here, which Casey directed, filed lawsuits accusing him of sexual harassment during filming. The suit was settled out of court, and both Casey and the women are not allowed to comment on what happened (though you can read their full complaints online). In October, Casey implied that he the accusations were either false or exaggerated. “People say whatever they want,” he told Variety. “I guess people think if you’re well-known, it’s perfectly fine to say anything you want. I don’t know why that is. But it shouldn’t be, because everybody has families and lives.”

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