Actor Casey Affleck has apologised for the “unprofessional setting” on the set of his 2010 movie I am Nonetheless Right here.
“I behaved in a manner, and I allowed others to behave in a manner that was actually unprofessional, and I am sorry,” he informed the Related Press.
The Oscar winner was sued by two feminine crew members who accused him of sexual harassment whereas engaged on the mockumentary movie, which he directed.
Affleck denied the allegations and the lawsuits have been settled out of court docket.
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“That I used to be ever concerned in a battle that resulted in a lawsuit is one thing that I actually remorse,” he stated.
“I had by no means had any complaints like that made about me earlier than in my life and it was actually embarrassing, and I did not know find out how to deal with it, and I did not agree with all the pieces, the way in which I used to be being described and the issues that have been stated about me,” Affleck stated.
“However I needed to attempt to make it proper, and so we made it proper in the way in which that was requested on the time.”
‘The buck stops with me’
Affleck was additionally a producer on I am Nonetheless Right here, by which actor Joaquin Phoenix was seen pretending to launch a musical alter-ego.
He stated that meant “the buck needed to cease” with him and that he had “to just accept accountability” for what came about on the set.
Affleck’s accusers, producer Amanda White and director of images Magdalena Gorka, alleged that they have been repeatedly subjected to sexual innuendoes and undesirable advances.
“It was an unprofessional setting,” Affleck stated. “And I contributed to that unprofessional setting and I tolerated that sort of behaviour from different folks and I want that I hadn’t, and I remorse plenty of that.”
Affleck, the youthful brother of Hollywood star Ben, additionally stated that turning down a presenting function at this yr’s Oscars had been “the appropriate factor to do”.
Having received one of the best actor award in 2017 for Manchester by the Sea, the 42-year-old had been anticipated to seem at this yr’s ceremony to current one of the best actress prize.
Following his withdrawal, the statuette was as a substitute offered to Frances McDormand by Jennifer Lawrence and Jodie Foster.
“Given all the pieces that was happening in our tradition for the time being… having two unimaginable girls go current one of the best actress award felt like the appropriate factor,” he informed AP’s Lindsey Bahr.
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In his first intensive interview since pulling out of this yr’s Oscars, Affleck addressed the considerations of the #MeToo motion and stated he “wanted to maintain his mouth shut and pay attention”.
“Ladies have been underrepresented and underpaid and objectified and diminished and humiliated and belittled in a bazillion methods,” he stated.
“No-one was actually making an excessive amount of of a fuss about it, myself included, till [there were] a number of girls with the sort of braveness and knowledge to face up and say, ‘You recognize what? Sufficient is sufficient.'”
Affleck will subsequent be seen in cinemas in The Outdated Man and the Gun with Robert Redford. Redford stated this week that it could be his ultimate movie as an actor.