Casey Affleck Voices Regrets On His Past Conduct, Vows To Support Women

Brunilde Fioravanti
Agosto 10, 2018

He also said that everyone on both sides of the suit "are prohibited from commenting on the matter", a common stipulation in court settlements like the one Affleck and the plaintiffs reached, "and none of the people who are condemning him online know what happened". And we all agreed to just try to put it behind us and move on with our lives, which I think we deserve to do, and I want to respect them as they've respected me and my privacy. He ended up having to bow out of presenting the award for Best Actress in 2017 because of the resurfaced charges.

Affleck says he now wants to pass down what he's learned from the movements to his sons with ex-wife Summer Phoenix, 14-year-old IN and 10-year-old Atticus.

According to the actor, Affleck says he didn't think of himself as "the boss" while making I'm Still Here, an attitude he seemingly blames for the unclear boundaries that, as director and producer, he was ultimately responsible for setting.

Jennifer Lawrence and Jodie Foster presented the Best Actress award to Frances McDormand.

Actor Casey Affleck seemed to duck out of public view for the past year - the Manchester By The Sea star sat out the most recent Academy Awards amid public resistance to his presence at the show due to sexual harassment allegations.

In his AP interview, Affleck spoke at length about his alleged conduct on the set of I'm Still Here, expressing regret for his "involvement in a conflict that resulted in a lawsuit" and admitting to contributing to an "unprofessional" work environment.

The allegations against Affleck stem from 2010 lawsuits filed by two women who worked with him on his controversial film starring then bother-in-law Joaquin Phoenix, I'm Still Here. "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", explained the actor.

Affleck seems to walk a tight line between not quite denying the claims made against him but also not admitting to them, while also insisting that he acted honorably and responsibly when it came to settling the two legal complaints, both of which asked for over two million dollars in punitive damages.

"I want to be in a world where grown men model compassion and decency and also contrition when it's called for, and I certainly tell (my sons) to own their mistakes when they make them", he said. "Once I did that, I discovered there was a lot to learn".

At his production company, Sea Change Media, he said he and his development partner Whitaker Lader are looking to shepherd filmmakers with stories that aren't well-represented in Hollywood. "She's been way ahead of the curve on all these issues", he said.

"But I think bigger picture, in this business, women have been underrepresented and underpaid and objectified and diminished and humiliated and belittled in a bazillion ways and just generally had a mountain of grief thrown at them forever", he added. And no one was really making too much of a fuss about it, myself included, until a few women with the kind of courage and wisdom to stand up and say, 'You know what? "Enough is enough.' Those are the people who are kind of leading this conversation and should be leading the conversation". "And I know just enough to know that in general I need to keep my mouth shut and listen and try to figure out what's going on and be a supporter and a follower in the little, teeny tiny ways that I can". "And if I'm ever called upon by anyone to help in any way and contribute, I'd be more than happy to".

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