Olivia Munn is calling out some famous men who have been accused of sexual misconduct in the past yet managed to brush off the allegations and continue on with their Hollywood careers as if nothing had happened.
Munn and her co-stars in the upcoming miniseries “The Rook” Emma Greenwell and Joely Richardson were on BuzzFeed News’ “AM to DM” YouTube talk show when the conversation turned to how the #MeToo movement is affecting Hollywood.
According to Munn, certain men have faced accusations but “they can just push past it” — and named names, calling out Ben Affleck and brother Casey, stating that they “just keep going, hoping that nobody’s gonna find out.”
Casey Affleck was accused of sexual harassment in two lawsuits (both settled out of court) filed by different women over his alleged behaviour toward them on the set of his 2010 film “I’m Not Here”. Meanwhile, former “One Tree Hill” star Hilarie Burton accused Ben Affleck of groping her breast back in 2003, which led the “Argo” star to tweet a brusque apology.
She also pointed to director Quentin Tarantino, noting that he “admitted to abusive behaviours on set and also admitted to knowing what Harvey Weinstein was doing,” yet has suffered no career repercussions.
While Munn didn’t question the talent of the men, she wondered what kind of message it’s sending.
“When most people mess up, we have to go to the back of the line and earn our way back up,” Munn explained. “But then, there are these certain men who, when they mess up they kind of go, ‘Oops, sorry, my bad,’ and then just resume their place in line.
“The thing is that, not that they’re not incredibly talented in their own right, but when you are given the opportunity to have any kind of power and you abuse that power, I believe you immediately lose all positioning and that you don’t get to have that power anymore.”
The way Munn sees it, those who have abused their power should step aside and “make room for the other people who can come in and have an opportunity to be great directors or writers or producers or actors and that the abusers need to go to the back of the line.”
However, Munn also pointed out that “redemption is possible, but you’ve got to earn it just like everybody else.”
ET Canada has reached out to Ben and Casey Affleck’s reps for comment.