When Casey Affleck won his Oscar for Best Actor in 2017, he was facing two lawsuits for sexual harassment back in 2010 for behavior on the set of I’m Still Here.
The lawsuits were settled out of court but Affleck’s award prompted a huge backlash and the #MeToo movement resulted in the actor being dropped as a presenter in the 2018 Academy Awards.
In 2017, the actor spoke out by saying, “I believe that any kind of mistreatment of anyone for any reason is unacceptable and abhorrent, and everyone deserves to be treated with respect int he workplace and anywhere else.”
Now in a new interview with Associated Press, the actor has apologized and taken responsibility for adding to an “unprofessional environment” on set.
“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,” he said.
“And 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. And 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,” Affleck said.