An actor who just won his first Academy Award — stirring up a backlash over sexual harassment accusations from several years ago — broke his silence on the controversy, at least as much as he says he could legally. Casey Affleck, who won Best Actor for “Manchester by the Sea,” spoke briefly about the subject in an interview with the Boston Globe.
The AP notes that Affleck has been avoiding answering questions about two lawsuits that were brought against him back when he was directing the 2010 mockumentary “I’m Still Here.”
“The settlement of each case prevents each party from discussing the accusations,” the AP notes. “Affleck has denied the allegations.”
But Affleck, asked by the Boston Globe about negative reactions to his Oscar win — many of which appear to be associated with the harassment allegations — told the publication: “There’s really nothing I can do about it, other than live my life the way I know I live it and to speak to what my own values are and how I try to live by them all the time.”
He also told the Globe this: “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.”