Casey Affleck Comes Out Of Hiding, Voices Regret On Past Conduct With Women In Light Of #MeToo

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Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea) has given his first interview since retreating from the public eye, following allegations of sexual misconduct and a lawsuit with regards to the #MeToo movement.

“First of all, that I was ever involved in a conflict that resulted in a lawsuit is something that I really regret. I wish I had found a way to resolve things in a different way. I hate that,” Affleck states in the interview, “I contributed to that unprofessional environment [on the set of his directorial feature I’m Still Here]and I tolerated that kind of behaviour from other people, and I wish that I hadn’t. And I regret a lot of that.”

“I really did not know what I was responsible for as the boss. I don’t even know if I thought of myself as the boss. But I behaved in a way and allowed others to behave in a way that was really unprofessional. And I’m sorry.”

Casey Affleck has kept schtum with regards to the topic of the #MeToo and Time’s Up campaigns making change across Hollywood. When asked about this perceived, silence, Affleck said “We all agreed to just try to put it behind us and move on with our lives.”

“Over the past couple of years, I’ve been listening a lot to this conversation, this public conversation, and learned a lot. I kind of moved from a place of being defensive to one of a more mature point of view, trying to find my own culpability,” he said. “Once I did that, I discovered there was a lot to learn. I was a boss. I was one of the producers on the set.”

Casey had been scheduled to present the Best Actress category at next year’s Oscars, but has since dropped out, calling his excusal “the right thing to do”. The award will now be presented by Jodie Foster and Jennifer Lawrence.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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