Academy Award-winning actor Casey Affleck has shared his sentiments on deciding to stay mum amid the #MeToo movement following his own sexual misconduct allegations.
Speaking to Dax Shepard on the comedian’s podcast, Armchair Expert, the actor admits that he finds discussing the anti-sexual harassment movement unnerving. Back in 2010, Affleck faced two lawsuits from women who accused him of sexual harassment while filming I’m Still Here, a mockumentary he starred in and produced.
In the recent podcast episode, Affleck said it would be baffling for someone to not support the #MeToo movement. “Who would not be supportive of the #MeToo movement? That’s an idea that’s even out there?” the Oscar-winner said. “That there are some people saying we do not believe in equality and we think the workplace should be a dangerous place for certain people and not for others. That’s preposterous.”
He then admits that “it [#MeToo] is very, very hard to talk about, and it scares me.” Affleck was seemingly referring to being one of the names called out amid the movement. His Oscar win for Manchester by the Sea received flack as people accused the Academy of not taking into consideration harassment allegations.
“Not being able to talk about it has been hard because I really wanted to support all of that, but I felt like the best thing to do was to just be quiet so I didn’t seem to be in opposition to something that I really wanted to champion.”
Although Affleck has previously expressed his regrets for the “unprofessional” behaviour that happened on the set of ‘I’m Still Here’, the actor never directly addressed any non-consensual sexual matters that took place.