Nagbigay ng kanyang public apology ang Oscar winner na si Casey Affleck dahil sa sexual harassment allegations sa kanya.
Nakasuhan ng dalawang civil lawsuit si Casey dahil sa kanyang inappropriate behavior sa mga nakatrabaho nitong mga babae habang ginagawa ang pelikulang I’m Still Here noong 2010.
Ayon sa aktor ay matagal na raw niyang na-settle ang naging reklamo sa kanya ng mga babaeng ito. Pero naging masyado raw siyang defensive that time at pinalabas pa niya noon na ang may kasalanan ng kanyang being sexually inappropriate ay ang mga babaeng nagdemanda sa kanya.
Kaya noong kasagsagan ng #MeToo at Time’s Up Movement, nag-back out si Casey na maging presentor ng best actress winner sa nakaraang Academy Awards.
“First of all, that I was ever involved in a conflict that resulted in a lawsuit is something that I really regret. 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. And that’s that.
“Over the past couple of years, I’ve been listening a lot to this conversation, this public conversation, and learned a lot. I kind of moved from a place of being defensive to one of a more mature point of view, trying to find my own culpability. And once I did that I discovered there was a lot to learn.
“I was a boss. I was one of the producers on the set. This movie was (shot in 2008, 2009) and I was one of the producers. And it was a crazy mockumentary, (a) very unconventional movie. The cast was the crew and the crew was kind of the cast and it was an unprofessional environment and, you know, the buck had to stop with me being
one of the producers and I have to accept responsibility for that and that was a mistake.
“And 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.”
Ngayon daw ay tinuturuan niya ang kanyang mga anak na lalake na respetuhin ang mga nakakasama nitong mga babae.
“Well I’ve taken these lessons with me that I’ve learned not just to work but to home and as dad and it informs how you parent.
“I have two boys so I want to be in a world where grown men model compassion and decency and also contrition when it’s called for, and I certainly tell them to own their mistakes when they make them.”