All throughout award season, you couldn’t hear Casey Affleck’s name without the recently-resurfaced allegations from 2010 that were brought against him by two women who worked on his fake documentary I’m Still Here. Casey later settled with them out of court.
Casey briefly talked about the allegations a couple of times including during his acceptance speech at the Golden Globes where he mentioned the “noise” his kids have to deal with. Casey finally addressed the allegations head-on. Which is funny, since I don’t know that anyone would want to literally make contact with Casey’s greasy head.
Following his Best Actor win at the Oscars on Sunday night, Casey spoke to the Boston Globe from Canada, where he’s filming a movie. The Boston Globe mentioned the Twitter jokes that came from his win, like how he was probably avoiding eye contact with every woman in the room. Poor Casey “sighed heavily” and responded by saying neither he nor the women are allowed to talk about it, as per the terms of their settlement. He also says that none of the people side-eyeing him online know what happened. Then he vaguely addressed the workplace harassment allegations:
“I believe that any kind of mistreatment of anyone for any reason is unacceptable and abhorrent, and everyone deserves to be treated with respect in the workplace and anywhere else. There’s really nothing I can do about it. Other than live my life the way I know I live it and to speak to what my own values are and how I try to live by them all the time.”
That sounds like it was written by Casey’s PR person while he polished his Oscar.
As for what Casey’s values are, he doesn’t really say. And you know what? Maybe it might be a good idea for him to think about tweaking those values to reflect the views of any future female co-workers in a meeting before they get to set. Casey allegedly has a loose definition of appropriate workplace behavior, and it might be helpful if he got some feedback on his current standards. “Okay, item number 4. This one is about me asking any of yous out after work for drinks. I see pretty much all of you shaking your head ‘no’. Great, got it. Number 5, surprise hugs. Again, I’m seeing a lot of nos. Terrific, moving on.”