Ben Affleck has provided a statement in support of a man who helped him through alcoholism.
Noah Levine, the man who founded Refuge Recovery House, where the actor stayed for 40 days has been accused of sexual misconduct and other issues by his ex-girlfriend. The LAPD and prosecutors rejected the case reports TMZ but the Board of Directors is still trying to force him out, with The Blast saying that the organization has also sued him for trademark-related issues.
Affleck is now trying to help Levine by filing a declaration saying that Levine and the Refuge Recovery House “quite literally, turned my life around.” The “Batman” star added, “Today I am sober, happy, healthy and have custody of my three children. All of those things are a result of having Noah in my life. I don’t know what I would have done without him.”
“Noah’s patient instruction in sobriety, Buddhism, patience, kindness, compassion and forgiveness form the bedrock of the foundation of my life today. I owe him for my professional life today, the life I have with my children, and the inner sense of equanimity I am actually able to reach from time to time.”
The statement continues, “I have been around many people in the recovery field, the self-help world, and the world of those who hang around celebrities for profit and attention … Noah is without a doubt the person with the most integrity, the most [honour], the most genuine compassion and the least motivated by self-interest I have ever known.”
Lindsay Shookus, Affleck’s former girlfriend, said, “I cannot begin to express the tremendous value that Noah’s teaching and treatment [counselling] has had up both me and Ben, and upon my relationship with Ben.”
“I recently testified in a trademark suit regarding Refuge Recovery House,” Affleck told TMZ. “I was asked to speak to my relationship with Noah Levine as it pertained to my own stay as a patient and to the suit at hand. I will forever remain grateful for the treatment I received at Refuge Recovery House as it had such a positive impact on me and my sobriety.”
He did add that his relationship with Levine was “strictly professional” and that does not know him outside of his capacity as a therapist. “I was not and am not aware of what allegations have been made against him.”
ET Canada has reached out to Affleck for comment.