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Casey Affleck Apologizes for 'Unprofessional' Behavior, Comments on Withdrawing From Oscars 2018 Ceremony

Casey Affleck is giving his first major interview where he’s admitting he contributed to an “unprofessional environment” on the set of his mockumentary film I’m Still Here back in 2010.

If you don’t know, he settled two lawsuits after accusations of sexual harassment emerged from the set.

“I contributed to that unprofessional environment and I tolerated that kind of behavior 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 told the AP. “I wish I had found a way to resolve things in a different way. I hate that. 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.”

In addition, Casey commented on choosing not to present the Best Actress Academy Award at the 2018 Oscars. It is tradition for the Best Actor Oscar winner of the previous year to present the award the following year.

“I think it was the right thing to do just given everything that was going on in our culture at the moment. And having two incredible women go present the best actress award felt like the right thing,” he added.

Casey Affleck's 'Manchester By the Sea' Director Says He Was 'Treated Abominably' During #MeToo Movement

Kenneth Lonergan is coming to the defense of Casey Affleck.

The Manchester by the Sea director shared in a recent interview that he believes the 42-year-old Oscar winning actor was treated harshly in the wake of the #MeToo Movement.

“I couldn’t be more all for the #MeToo movement and I couldn’t feel more strongly that he’s been treated abominably,” Kenneth told Variety. “It’s not good for anybody … People really don’t know what they are talking about, I’m afraid. And I’m afraid they are doing it in the name of a very good cause.”

Casey has faced allegations of sexual assault in the past, and accusations of inappropriate behavior on the set of I’m Still Here have resurfaced in the wake of the #MeToo movement.

Due to the backlash he was facing from the movement, Casey decided to back out of presenting the Best Actress award at the 2018 Oscars, which is standard tradition for the previous year’s Best Actor winner.

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Casey Affleck Will Not Present the Best Actress Award at Oscars 2018

Don’t expect to see Casey Affleck presenting the Best Actress award at the 2018 Oscars.

The 42-year-old actor, who won the Best Actor award in 2017 for his Manchester By The Sea performance, has withdrawn from the ceremony, The Hollywood Reporter confirms.

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He would have presented the Best Actress award this year, as is usually the tradition: the previous year’s Best Actor winner presents the following year’s Best Actress.

Casey has faced allegations of sexual assault in the past, and accusations of inappropriate behavior on the set of I’m Still Here have resurfaced in the wake of the #MeToo movement.

Casey Affleck & Floriana Lima Attend Sean Penn's Charity Event

Casey Affleck and his girlfriend, Floriana Lima, pose for photos at the 2018 Sean Penn & Friends Haiti Rising Gala on Saturday night (January 6) in Hollywood.

This year, the proceeds of the event went towards the J/P Haitian Relief Organization and a coalition of disaster relief organizations including Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s efforts in Puerto Rico, the Waitt Foundation in Antigua/Barbuda, PCI in Houston, and Americares in Florida.

Almost four million dollars was raised at the event!

The annual event is held every year before the Golden Globes, which are airing tonight on NBC.

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Armie Hammer Apologizes to Casey Affleck for Sexual Misconduct Double Standards Remarks

Armie Hammer is apologizing to Casey Affleck after he used the Oscar winner as an example of sexual misconduct in Hollywood.

In a recent interview, the 31-year-old Call Me By Your Name star compared the 42-year-old Manchester by the Sea actor’s past sexual assault allegations to Birth of a Nation director Nate Parker‘s own sexual misconduct allegations, before saying Nate faced harsher treatment and backlash than Casey.

“I would like to sincerely apologize to Casey and his family for my recent comments about him in my THR interview,” Armie said statement via The Hollywood Reporter. “Without knowing the facts about the civil lawsuits at issue (which I now understand were settled), I misspoke.”

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