Casey Affleck Responds to Sexual Misconduct Allegations, Apologizes for Unprofessional Set on 'I'm Still Here'
"I behaved in a way and allowed others to behave in a way that was really unprofessional. And I'm sorry"
Published Aug 09, 2018Though Casey Affleck has maintained a steady working pace over the years, the actor has been accused of sexual misconduct while shooting his 2010 film I'm Still Here. Following previous bite-sized quotes about the allegations, Affleck has finally opened up about the situation.
Speaking with the Associated Press in a new interview, Affleck admitted that he didn't handle the situation in the best way.
"I wish I had found a way to resolve things in a different way. I hate that," he said. "I had never had any complaints like that made about me before in my life, and it was really embarrassing and I didn't know how to handle it and I didn't agree with everything, the way I was being described, and the things that were said about me, but I wanted to try to make it right, so we made it right in the way that was asked at the time. And we all agreed to just try to put it behind us and move on with our lives, which I think we deserve to do, and I want to respect them as they've respected me and my privacy."
Affleck was accused of intimidating and sexually harassing two female employees while shooting I'm Still Here. The parties settled their differences out of court.
In the AP interview, Affleck admitted that he was responsible for an "unprofessional work environment."
"I 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 said. "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."
Because of the allegations, Affleck did not present at the Oscars earlier this year.
"I think it was the right thing to do just given everything that was going on in our culture at the moment," Affleck said. "And having two incredible women go present the best actress award felt like the right thing."
Watch AP's full interview with Affleck below or read the Q&A over here.