The Academy may have celebrated Casey Affleck with an Oscar for Best Actor, but not everyone shares their enthusiasm.
Some celebrities and viewers voiced their disapproval of honouring Affleck after he was accused of sexually harassing several women. The lawsuits were settled out of court, but that hasn’t stopped some people from questioning his integrity.
Actor B.J. Novak asked for a recheck on the award, while actress Constance Wu continued her crusade against the 41-year-old “Manchester by the Sea” star.
In a new interview with the Boston Globe on Tuesday, Affleck expressed how he felt about the drama. “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 told the media publication.
On the opinions of others, he admitted, “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.”
Throughout awards season, several articles reminded readers that a sexual harassment lawsuit was filed against Affleck in 2010 by two women who worked on his movie, “I’m Still Here”. The suit was settled out of court and both Affleck and his team have continued to deny the accusations.
The “Manchester by the Sea” actor told the Boston Globe that both sides of the case are legally prohibited from commenting on the matter, but he made it clear that no one condemning him online really knows what happened.
Sometimes you expect celebrities to address controversy at awards shows, but Affleck opted to keep things light on Sunday when accepting his Oscar for Best Actor. “I wish I had something bigger and more meaningful to say, but I’m just really proud to be a part of this community and I look out at all of you and I have this whole year,” he told the world.