Despite sexual harassment allegations, Casey Affleck won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the critically acclaimed movie Manchester By The Sea. The allegations came from two women with whom Affleck has worked on the set of his 2010 mockumentary “I’m Still Here”.
Affleck has denied the accusations, and the lawsuit was settled out of court.
Thanks to Affleck’s family and friends, these allegations were not a major talking point in the past awards season. Affleck counted on the support and protection of mega stars, such as his brother Ben Affleck, and his longtime family friend and “Manchester By The Sea” producer Matt Damon.
However, several people in Hollywood, spoke up against Affleck’s nomination, including actress Constance Woo.
Opening up about the issue:
After his Oscar win, Affleck gave an interview to The Boston Globe, where he decided to address the sexual harassment allegations despite keeping mum throughout the awards season.
When the Globe reporter mentioned the allegations, Affleck “paused and sighed heavily.” He stated that he can’t discuss the matter as stipulated in the settlement agreement. He stressed that those judging him do not know the full details of the matter. He went on saying:
“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.”
Affleck then added: “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.”
Affleck’s award season campaign was hardly affected by talk of the allegations, in contrast to Nate Parker, whose college rape charge brought down, what was considered an early Oscar favorite, his movie “The birth of a Nation” which he wrote, directed, and starred in.
Another scandal ridden Hollywood figure, Mel Gibson, seems to have been forgiven by the industry after his film “Hacksaw Ridge” won two Oscars.