Oscars 2017: Casey Affleck opens up about sexual harassment claims and his acceptance speech
Mel Gibson, Roman Polanski, Woody Allen and now Casey Affleck.
On the Oscars 2017 night, Casey Affleck won a Best Actor award for his role in Manchester by the Sea, despite the fact that two women accused him of sexual harassment on the set of his 2010 mockumentary I'm Still Here. (Affleck denied the allegations, and the suit was settled out of court.)
The Academy's refusal to acknowledge these accusations is not new. Affleck now joins the lineage of white men who have been accused of molestation and yet gone to win accolades for their work. Polanski, who had been convicted of raping a minor girl received the Best Director for his 2003 film The Pianist, and was met with a standing ovation.
As outlined by The Daily Beast, Amanda White, who served as a producer on I'm Still Here, said Affleck verbally abused her, and once grabbed her and threatened her for not wanting to stay in the same hotel room as him. White resigned from the film.
Magdalena Gorka, who worked as a director of photography on the film, said she once woke up to find Affleck in the bed next to her in his underwear. He pressured her when she tried to kick him out.
Both women say Affleck refused to honor parts of their contracts after they rejected him.
Following the backlash that followed his Oscar win and incoherent acceptance speech, Affleck spoke about the Oscars night in an interview with The Boston Globe.
He says about his lackluster acceptance speech, "I was speechless and dumbstruck. The only thing worse than not ever getting to make an Oscar speech is getting to make an Oscar speech and then having nothing to say."
He says about the lawsuits against him in another interview, "I believe that any kind of mistreatment of anyone for any reason is unacceptable and abhorrent," adding, "and everyone deserves to be treated with respect in the workplace and anywhere else.
"There's really nothing I can do about it," Affleck said, "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."
While Affleck and the Academy might be taking it easy with the harassment claims, many have tried to take their stand.
Brie Larson, who has campaigned for sexual abuse survivors since her performance her performance in last year's Room, announced Affleck's name with downturned eyes and pursed lips, then stood to the side and didn't clap as the rest of the audience applauded his win.
However, Larson also had to present Affleck with his Best Actor award at the Golden Globes. Her reaction then was similarly unenthused.
My aesthetic: Brie Larson not clapping for literal trash hole casey affleck pic.twitter.com/Ci5LWXLkCr
— Tyler Struble (@tyler_struble) February 27, 2017
All award season Brie Larson, who starred in a movie about sexual assault, had to present Casey Affleck all his awards. pic.twitter.com/L2WbQvSJNv
— Marnie (@ChrnclsOfMarnia) February 27, 2017
Fresh off the Boat star Constance Wu also criticized the Academy's decision to nominate Affleck:
Men who sexually harass women 4 OSCAR! Bc good acting performance matters more than humanity,human integrity!Bc poor kid rly needs the help! — Constance Wu (@ConstanceWu) January 24, 2017
Boys! BUY ur way out of trouble by settling out of court!Just do a good acting job,thats all that matters!bc Art isn't about humanity,right? — Constance Wu (@ConstanceWu) January 24, 2017