Casey Affleck recently talked with The Boston Globe about his sexual harassment lawsuit. The actor, who, on Sunday, won an Oscar for his role on Manchester by the Sea, reacted to the backlash as candidly as he could, seeing that neither of the parties are legally allowed to speak on the matter.

Casey Affleck’s outstanding performance in the drama Manchester by the Sea was also appreciated at the Oscars last Sunday – aside from the Academy Award for Best Actor, he has won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama, in early January.


Casey affleck won a Golden Globe and an Oscar for his role on Manchester by the Sea.
Photo: Bex Walton

Following his Oscar nomination, the 41-year-old actor received a lot of negative comments, even from fellow actors, about the sexual harassment case he is involved in. Fresh Off the Boat actress Constance Wu, stressed that an Oscar nomination over Affleck’s tainted image sends out a controversial message, to say the least.

“Men who sexually harass women 4 OSCAR! Bc good acting performance matters more than humanity, human integrity”, Wu tweeted in late January, adding that this nomination equals turning a blind eye to “the industry’s gross and often hidden mistreatment of women.”

Wu was only one of the many people who had a problem with Affleck’s nomination. And now, that he won the Academy Award, he faced even more backlash.

The Boston Globe sat down with the Manchester By the Sea star and in hopes of clearing the situation, or, at least, shed more light on the facts. Did Casey Affleck sexually harassed the two women that had filed a complaint against him? The women were working with the actor on his 2010 movie, I’m Still Here. Affleck settled the case outside court, but claims he is not guilty of what the two are accusing him.

“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 said, adding that he can’t comment on the case because he, as well as the two women, are prohibited of divulging details.

How is he dealing with the haters? “There’s really nothing I can do about it”, he said, explaining that the only way to go is live his life according to the values he embraces.