Despite his continued big-screen success, Casey Affleck remains a controversial figure within the #MeToo movement due to accusations of sexual harassment contained in separate lawsuits (which were settled out of court) filed by two women over his alleged behaviour toward them on the set of his 2010 film “I’m Not Here”.
Speaking to Variety at the premiere of his latest film, “The Old Man & the Gun”, the 43-year-old actor/director was asked about his experiences with the #MeToo movement.
“I mean, look, if you haven’t learned anything from all of this, then you really haven’t been paying attention, and that goes for everybody,” he said while reportedly standing next to his girlfriend, actress Floriana Lima.
“It’s probably a conversation that deserves a little more time than standing on a red carpet,” he added. “But I would say that one of the most important lessons is to try to remain as open as you can to other perspectives and to listen to other people’s experiences and, you know, take care of one another.”
Last month, Affleck addressed the controversy over the lawsuits, admitting in a statement to Associated Press that he “contributed to that unprofessional environment and I tolerated that kind of behaviour from other people, and I wish that I hadn’t. And I regret a lot of that.”
He added: “I behaved in a way and allowed others to behave in a way that was really unprofessional. And I’m sorry.”