Casey Affleck won the Oscar for Best Actor on Sunday night, and while he was indeed impressively sad in Manchester By the Sea, a cloud hangs over his controversial win.

In 2010, Affleck was sued by two women for sexual misconduct and sexual harassment on the set of his mockumentary film, I'm Still Here. He settled them both out of court.

The trouble with honoring a man with such a history was felt the moment his win was announced.


In an interview with his hometown paper, The Boston Globe, he said that while both parties are prohibited from commenting on the case, "none of the people condemning him online know what happened":

“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.”

“There’s really nothing I can do about it,” Affleck added wearily. “Other than live my life the way I know I live it and to speak to what my own values are and how I try to live by them all the time.”


The vague statement, with no specific mentions of women at all, will definitely make his publicist relieved, but he likely still won't be invited to brunch with his fellow acting winners.

Sources: Boston Globe