Actor Casey Affleck has apologised for the “unprofessional surroundings” 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 advised 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 had 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 the best way to deal with it, and I did not agree with every little thing, the way in which I used to be being described and the issues that had been stated about me,” Affleck stated.
“However I wished 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 simply accept duty” for what came about on the set.
Affleck’s accusers, producer Amanda White and director of images Magdalena Gorka, alleged that they had been repeatedly subjected to sexual innuendoes and undesirable advances.
“It was an unprofessional surroundings,” Affleck stated. “And I contributed to that unprofessional surroundings and I tolerated that sort of behaviour from different folks and I want that I hadn’t, and I remorse loads of that.”
Affleck, the youthful brother of Hollywood star Ben, additionally stated that turning down a presenting position at this 12 months’s Oscars had been “the correct factor to do”.
Having received the very best actor award in 2017 for Manchester by the Sea, the 42-year-old had been anticipated to look at this 12 months’s ceremony to current the very best actress prize.
Following his withdrawal, the statuette was as an alternative introduced to Frances McDormand by Jennifer Lawrence and Jodie Foster.
“Given every little thing that was occurring in our tradition for the time being… having two unbelievable ladies go current the very best actress award felt like the correct factor,” he advised AP’s Lindsey Bahr.
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In his first intensive interview since pulling out of this 12 months’s Oscars, Affleck addressed the issues of the #MeToo motion and stated he “wanted to maintain his mouth shut and hear”.
“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 couple of ladies with the sort of braveness and knowledge to face up and say, ‘You understand what? Sufficient is sufficient.'”
Affleck will subsequent be seen in cinemas in The Previous Man and the Gun with Robert Redford. Redford stated this week that it might be his last movie as an actor.