Casey Affleck withdraws from presenting best actress at Oscars

Casey Affleck accepting his best actor gong last year

Casey Affleck has withdrawn from presenting the best actress award at the Academy Awards.

Affleck won the Oscar for best actor last year for his role in Kenneth Lonergan's Manchester by the Sea, and traditionally, the previous year's best actor victor returns to present the best actress category.

If Affleck were to participate in this year's ceremony, his presence could be problematic. The controversy also overshadowed his win at the Oscars.

In one of the lawsuits against Affleck, a female colleague claimed she was "exposed to so much degradation and exhaustion that she vomited" over the actor's alleged behaviour on the movie set, reports The Sun.

Casey Affleck‬ is no longer slated to be a presenter at the Oscars March 4.




According to Deadline, the decision not to present the award this year came from Affleck himself, who reportedly withdrew his participation in the upcoming ceremony.

The Weinstein allegations sparked the rise of the #MeToo hashtag, which inspired a global movement of women and men to share their stories of sexual abuse and harassment.

"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", Affleck told TheBoston Globe.

Affleck's accusers, producer Amanda White and director of photography Magdalena Gorka, say they were harassed during the making of the mockumentary film I'm Still Here, which Affleck directed. However, Affleck's publicist announced Thursday that the Manchester By the Sea star isn't even planning on attending the awards.

Later, she explained that the action "spoke for itself".

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