11 Things We Know About the Casey Affleck Sexual Harassment Allegations
Casey Affleck is the star of Manchester by the Sea. He plays an uncle who becomes his nephew’s caretaker once his brother dies. The movie won two Oscars including a win for Casey Affleck as Best Lead Actor. However, this win is pretty controversial since Affleck has been the center of two sexual harassment lawsuits with women he has worked with.
So what exactly happened? Here are 11 things we know about the Casey Affleck sexual harassment allegations.
1. The producer of I’m Still Here alleges Affleck harassed her
Casey Affleck was the director and writer of the fake documentary, I’m Still Here. During that time, he worked with Amanda White who was the producer of the film. She filed a complaint against him for sexual harassment, retaliation, failure to prevent sexual harassment and retaliation, and more.
She alleges that Affleck told a crew member to take off his pants to show her his penis. She also stated that Affleck referred to women as “cows,” and talked about his sexual exploits with celebrities. He also allegedly asked her “Isn’t it about time you get pregnant?” when he found out how old White was. White claimed he then went on to suggest she should have a baby with a crew member.
2. Joaquin Phoenix and Affleck allegedly locked White out of her bedroom to be with women
The star of the failed movie reportedly was also part of the harassment. White claims Phoenix and Affleck locked themselves and two other women in her bedroom while they were shooting the movie in Costa Rica. She stated that she was not allowed to go into her bedroom because of this.
3. White claims Affleck tried to intimidate her to be with him
The producer also claimed Affleck tried to get her to stay in a hotel with him. When she refused, he allegedly grabbed her and tried to intimidate her in order to change her mind.
4. In retaliation, Affleck allegedly refused to pay White
White also claimed that Affleck didn’t uphold their agreement that he would pay her $50,000 production fee. Also, he reportedly didn’t pay her “living wage” during the three months she worked on the movie. It’s unlikely that the quality of her work is the cause of this because she claimed she got emails where he described her as “fantastically thorough and creative and good tempered.”
5. The director of photography for I’m Still Here also sued for harassment
Magdalena Gorka also filed a complaint against the actor for sexual harassment. According to her, Affleck and people from the production team made “lewd comments.” She also claimed they would talk about engaging in sexual activity with her and told her she should have sex with the camera assistant.
6. Affleck allegedly tried to coerce Gorka into sleeping with him
Gorka claimed that when she traveled to New York with the crew to work, Affleck didn’t get them a hotel. Instead, some of the crew stayed at Phoenix’s apartment and the others stayed at Affleck’s apartment. It was there that Affleck allegedly told her to sleep in his bed and she did so because she believed it was for her to use privately. She then claimed later in the night she woke up to Affleck lying in bed next to her, caressing her, and wearing only his underwear and a T-shirt.
She said that she jumped up and told him to get out. He reportedly asked why and she answered, “because you are married and because you are my boss.” He then allegedly asked her if she was sure. She claimed that she insisted and he left the room.
7. Affleck supposedly verbally attacked Gorka for rejecting him
Gorka allegedly contacted her agent after the incident and tried to leave the project. However, she was convinced to stay on. When she returned, the behavior didn’t change. Instead, Affleck attacked her for rejecting him in New York according to Gorka. She was then reportedly forced to resign from the project.
8. Casey Affleck seems to think he’s being targeted because he’s famous
When asked about the allegations he told Variety, “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.”
9. A female film editor came forward to defend Affleck
During the news of the lawsuits there was one woman who decided to stand by Affleck. That was film editor, Peggy Eghbalian who told Radar Online, “I have never witnessed him do or say anything derogatory toward women, and nobody working on the film ever indicated to me any form of lack of respect, especially sexual harassment, that may concern him.”
10. Casey Affleck settled the lawsuits with White and Gorka
Not long after the filing, the actor settled the $2 million and $2.25 million dollar lawsuits against him with an undisclosed amount according to The Guardian.
11. He addressed the allegations after the Oscars
After he won his Oscar, there was a lot of talk about the allegations and so he addressed them. “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 told the Boston Globe. “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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