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Manchester By the Sea's Kenneth Lonergan Defends Casey Affleck in Op-Ed Response to College Student

Manchester By the Sea's Kenneth Lonergan Defends Casey Affleck in Op-Ed Response to College Student

Kenneth Lonergan, who directed Manchester by the Sea and won the Best Original Screenplay Oscar for his work on the film, is defending Casey Affleck against his sexual harassment charges.

A student at Kenneth‘s alma mater Wesleyan University wrote an op-ed in the newspaper – pointing out the praise for Kenneth without mentioning his affiliation with Casey, despite harassment allegations to his name. If you didn’t know, Casey was accused of sexual harassment, but settled the case back in 2010 and he has adamantly denied any wrongdoing.

“Wesleyan University has an obligation to reject sexual violence of all kinds,” Connor Aberle, the student, wrote. “Therefore, it cannot claim credit for Lonergan’s success without also recognizing his role in promoting Casey Affleck’s career. Wesleyan must either be cautious in its alumni praise, or it must admit to its students that it cares only about building the Wesleyan University brand rather than social justice or the well-being of the Wesleyan community.”

Click inside to read Kenneth Lonergan’s response…

Kenneth, in response, wrote an article, “How Connor Aberle and The Argus are Complicit in Slandering Casey Affleck”

“Connor Aberle’s article about myself, Casey, Affleck and Wesleyan’s supposed complicity in condoning sexual misconduct – and worse – by tauting me as a Wesleyan alumn after I won an Oscar last week is such a tangle of illogic, misinformation and flat-out slander that only the author’s presumed youth can possibly excuse his deeply offensive display of ignorance, and warped PC-fueled sense of indignation,” Kenneth wrote.

“He writes as if Casey Affleck were actually guilty of a crime. In fact, it was alleged 7 years ago, in a civil lawsuit for breach of contract, that Casey sexually harrased two women formerly in his employ. Casey denounced the allegations as being totally fabricated. Like most civil suits, this one was settled out of court by mutual consent on undisclosed terms…In other words nothing was proved or disproved. So how does Mr Aberle dare to write as if he knows who was telling the truth and who was not?” he continued.

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  • Lene

    Again with the assault?? It was HARASSMENT!!!! Those are two very different things! Try getting it right for once.

  • Amarineblue

    Please, Jared. Sexual harassment and sexual assault really are two different (but obviously both very wrong) things, let’s stick to the facts.

  • Amarineblue

    Thanks for the correction!

  • Ann Smith

    it was sexual HARASSMENT not ASSAULT and Lonegran pointed that out in what he said did you even bother to read what Lonegran said???????. Do you comprehend English????.

  • Silly People

    The kid writing the article sounds like an obnoxious twit. He refers to sexual harassment as sexual violence, which are not the same thing. He says Casey committed sexual violence, also not even one of the allegations. He also suggests the school can “claim credit” for Kenneth’s success, which is bulls**t. Kenneth is responsible for his own success. And he somehow managed to throw Ryan Gosling and race into his mess of an article. I’m glad Kenneth called the little moron out.

  • Bill Bradley

    Two douchbags.

  • plez

    Oh please. Just because you are found not guilty as in Nate Turner’s case)or you settle as in Casey Affleck case, does not remove the stink coming from both these men’s actions. If Mr Affleck wanted to make it completely clear that he did nothing wrong he should not have settled.

    The student was right to be cautious of whom the college celebrates especially given the bad history colleges have of dismissing student’s sexual harassment accusations.

  • Sansa Squad

    people keep pointing out the distinction between sexual harassment and assault, but if you read into the actual charges you’ll see he was accused of inappropriately touching women without their consent. though it may seem like a technicality, groping a woman IS a form of sexual assault and that’s the point people are trying to make by using that term. (I do agree that it’s misleading, but they’re not wrong.)

  • Ann Smith

    Thank you for correcting sorry I said what I said the way that I did but I guess it got your attention.

  • Gina

    Two Douchbags by the Sea. It’s a sequel.

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  • seeeteee

    Yeah, let him have it. If there’s one thing colleges need it’s guys that ignore sexual assault and harassment.

  • LN

    If was assued of putting his hands on at least one of the women while she slept. That IS assault, in addition to harassment.