Casey Affleck is sorry for what he did. During an interview with The Associated Press, Affleck admitted that he had “behaved in a way” and also allowed other crew members to behave in a manner that was “really unprofessional.”
In 2010, two women filed separate sexual harassment lawsuits against Casey Affleck for his and the other crew members’ behavior during the filming of I’m Still Here, starring Joaquim Phoenix.
As you may know, Affleck previously denied the charges and ended up settling out of court for an undisclosed amount of money. Casey didn’t admit to any wrongdoing in the settlement and is legally forbidden from discussing any details of the case.
However, Affleck, who will next appear in the movie, The Oldman and The Gun, admitted the environment was “unprofessional.” Affleck conceded that it was his responsibility, as a producer, to make sure everything was professional and went according to plan.
But he contributed “to that unprofessional environment;” he permitted that sort of behavior from others on set, and he wishes that he didn’t. Affleck stated the case was “really embarrassing” and he had never endured complaints like that in his life.
When the interviewer asked Affleck what he thought of the #MeToo movement and the Time’s Up initiative, the actor said he had listened and thus learned a lot from the nationwide conversation.
The allegations against Casey came up again during 2017’s award season when Affleck won the Oscar for Best Actor for Manchester by the Sea. He ended up having to bow out of presenting the award for Best Actress in 2017 because of the resurfaced charges.
According to Casey, the brother of Ben Affleck, it was the right thing for him to do at that point. Casey, who is the father to two boys, said he wants his sons to understand that they have to admit mistakes and learn from them.