Casey Affleck addressed the sexual-misconduct allegations leveled against him in an interview with the Associated Press, admitting that he behaved unprofessionally on the set of I’m Still Here. “I behaved in a way and I allowed others to behave in a way that was really unprofessional, and I’m sorry,” he said in the interview, which was published Thursday. Affleck did not go into detail about the allegations, but instead talked about the “unprofessional” environment he helped foster on set as a producer. He also told the AP that his understanding of these issues has changed since the beginning of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements. “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,” he said. Women who have spoken out have “courage” and “wisdom,” the actor added. “In this business women have been underrepresented and underpaid and objectified and diminished and humiliated and belittled in a bazillion ways and just generally had a mountain of grief thrown at them forever,” he said. Affleck was the subject of two sexual-harassment lawsuits. Producer Amanda White said in court that Affleck told a crew member to take off his pants and show her his penis. She also said he physically intimidated her when she refused to share his hotel room and called her “profane names” via text message.
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