As Casey Affleck makes the rounds to promote two of his upcoming films — The Old Man & The Gun and Light of My Life, the actor, who was sued over disturbing allegations of sexual harassment in 2010, addressed his past misbehavior and spoke publicly about the #MeToo movement for the first time. Asked about allegations that he had harassed his longtime acquaintance and producer Amanda White as well Polish cinematographer Magdalena Górka repeatedly during the production of 2009 film I’m Still Here — including an incident where he allegedly snuck into Górka’s bed while she slept — Affleck apologized and acknowledged that he had “behaved in a way and allowed others to behave in a way that was really unprofessional.”
“I had never had complaints like that made against me in my life. It was really embarrassing, and I didn’t know how to handle it. I didn’t agree with the way I was being described, the things that were said about me, but I wanted to try to make it right so we made it right in the way that was asked at the time. And we all agreed to put it behind us and move on with our lives,” Affleck told The Associated Press, noting that both he and the two women had signed a nondisclosure agreement after settling the lawsuit.
The #MeToo movement, the actor continued, had helped him to become more cognizant of the abuse women in Hollywood have long tolerated — and that he had been complicit in perpetuating.
“Over the past couple years I’ve been listening a lot to this public conversation and learned a lot,” he acknowledged. “I kind of moved from a place of being defensive to a more mature point of view, trying to define my own culpability, and once I did that I discovered there was a lot to learn.”
“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,” Affleck continued. “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. 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.”
Below, watch Affleck’s full interview with AP about the allegations against him, the #MeToo movement, as well as his upcoming projects, below.
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