In a recent interview with Associated Press, Casey Affleck fell just short of conceding to the sexual harassment allegations against him, which resulted in an out-of-court settlement in 2010.
The interview made for rather uncomfortable viewing, where he was asked about how he has evolved since the evolution of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movement.
Though, Affleck mentioned he has since changed his perspective of the 2010 sexual harassment case, his statement about it was rather weak. Claiming to own up to his mistakes, the “Manchester By The Sea” star did anything but.
He only addressed the “unprofessional environment” on the set of his 2010 film "I'm Still Here," where two women accused him of sexual harassment.
Although, the Oscar winner settled the cases outside of court for an unspecified amount in 2010, he remained unabashedly non-apologetic for his behavior on the set and the pain it caused the women associated.
“People say whatever they want. Sometimes it doesn’t matter how you respond… 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,” Affleck said in a Variety piece in 2016.
One of the two women accused Affleck of slipping into the bed next to her while she was asleep and the other alleged he forced her to stay in a hotel room with him and aggressively pulled on to her hand as she tried to get away.
At the time, Affleck vehemently denied the accusations and threatened to counter-sue, although he never did and settled outside of court.
With the rise of the #MeToo movement, Affleck’s 2017 Oscar nomination and subsequent win for “Best Actor” stirred up a huge controversy.
Critics called out The Academy for giving Affleck the platform to gain more influence to harass women, a stigma hundreds of females associated with Hollywood — and other fields of work — fight to this day.
Affleck also opted out of presenting the Best Actress award for the 2018 Oscars, attributing it as the right thing according to “the culture” at the moment.
And his latest interview basically screams: I am not sorry I did it; I am sorry, I got caught.
His “regret” was to be involved in altercation that led to a “lawsuit” — which really says nothing about his supposed “evolution” since actresses and multiple women associated with Hollywood have spoken up about male perpetrators.
“I was a boss. I was one of the producers on the set. This movie was (shot in 2008, 2009) and I was one of the producers. And it was a crazy mockumentary, (a) very unconventional movie. The cast was the crew and the crew was kind of the cast and it was an unprofessional environment and, you know, the buck had to stop with me being one of the producers and I have to accept responsibility for that and that was a mistake,” he said.
“I contributed to that unprofessional environment and I tolerated that kind of behavior from other people and I wish that I hadn't. And I regret a lot of that. I really did not know what I was responsible for as the boss. I don't even know if I thought of myself as the boss. But I behaved in a way and allowed others to behave in a way that was really unprofessional. And I'm sorry.”
For all the hysteria around Affleck’s nomination, he won an Oscar and still seems to find work despite settling for sexual harassment.
Affleck’s celebrated career is one of the gravest examples of how Hollywood still has a long way to go when it comes to the treatment of women.
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