Casey Affleck notified the Academy that he won’t be attending the Oscars this year to avoid being a distraction, in the light of the #MeToo movement consequences on his public image. He was supposed to present the Best Actress Award winner.
Casey Affleck just withdrew from the Academy Awards event this year. The Manchester by the Sea star has already notified the Academy, according to sources speaking to Deadline.
The reason behind it seems to be the fact that the actor doesn’t want to distract the attention from the event.
Affleck was supposed to present the nominees and the winner in the Best Actress category.
The #MeToo movement has brought back into the public attention the allegations that Affleck dealt with back in 2010. At that time, the actor allegedly harassed two women who were working with him while he was directing the film I’m Still Here. The women claimed that he told one of his subordinates to expose himself to them. Moreover, he would constantly disparage them.
Last year, Manchester by The Sea brought him an Oscar for Best Actor in a Drama, which sparked outrage among some celebrities, especially women. Fresh Off The Boat star Constance Wu was shocked that the golden statue reached the hands of a man involved in a sexual harassment lawsuit and added that the decision was sending the wrong message.
In March, Casey Affleck addressed the accusations, saying that there was nothing he could do about the haters. Regarding the lawsuit, he only commented: “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.”
The lawsuit did not proceed as all claims were dealt with outside the court system. Both cases were settled for undisclosed sums. Originally, the women were asking over $2 million each.