“Manchester By The Sea” writer-director Kenneth Lonergan is coming to the defence of Casey Affleck.
Affleck, who won an Oscar for his performance in Lonergan’s film, is being treated unfairly in the Time’s Up and #MeToo era, according to the director. Though Lonergan seems to support the movement, referring to it as a “good cause,” he feels Affleck has been targeted by people who “don’t know what they’re talking about.”
“I couldn’t be more all for the #MeToo movement and I couldn’t feel more strongly that he’s been treated abominably. It’s not good for anybody,” Lonergan says, defending his friend and collaborator to Variety.
Affleck was accused of sexual misconduct by two women on the set of an earlier film. Though the actor has denied the claims and settled out of court in 2010, Affleck continues to be a target for backlash as the emphasis on the Time’s Up movement grows. In February, he opted to skip out of presenting the Best Actress Award at the Oscars.
“People really don’t know what they are talking about, I’m afraid,” Lonergan says. “And I’m afraid they are doing it in the name of a very good cause.”
Though Affleck has not commented on Lonergan’s remarks, he has previously spoken to The Boston Globe about the controversy surrounding him.
“There’s really nothing I can do about it,” he said. “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.”