Critically-acclaimed star Casey Affleck, who won more than 40 awards for his performance in last year’s Manchester by the Sea, is now the subject of a petition to bar him from presenting the Best Actress award at next year’s Oscars over sexual harassment allegations dating back to 2010, Fox News reports.
Because Affleck won Hollywood’s most coveted acting recognition at the 89th Academy Awards in February, he gets to present the Oscar for the best leading lady at next year’s ceremony–if the Academy doesn’t walk back on the offer.
The petition, started by independent filmmaker Cameron Bossert, cites the ongoing Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal in its case that Affleck’s alleged misdeeds disqualify him from a role at the Academy Awards. It reads:
“In light of the revelations that Harvey Weinstein has been sexually harassing and assaulting women for decades, the Academy Awards recently voted to strip Weinstein of his membership – but did you know that another accused sexual harasser is set to participate in the 2018 ceremony?
Sign my petition asking that the Academy bar Casey Affleck from handing out the Best Actress Statue in the 2018 awards ceremony.”
The petition has received overwhelming response, with over 16,000 signatures as of Thursday.
Bossert bases his initiative on claims by two of the actor’s coworkers on the 2010 film I’m Still Here, which Affleck directed and co-starred in.
Affleck’s first accuser was producer Amanda White, who said the actor made several unwanted advances on her. When she refused to stay with him, Affleck allegedly grabbed her violently by the arm and later sent her abusive text messages.
Cinematographer Magdalena Gorka said she resigned from the film because of Affleck’s repeated sexual harassment, which included climbing into bed with her while she slept and forcibly caressing her back–all while reeking of alcohol and wearing nothing more than underwear and a t-shirt.
White and Gorka sued Affleck for $2 million and $2.25 million respectively. Affleck eventually settled the suits out of court.
Affleck’s more well-known brother, Ben Affleck, has also faced scrutiny in post-Weinstein Hollywood after video footage surfaced of him groping Hilarie Burton in 2003.
Both of the Affleck brothers have been vocal critics of President Donald Trump. After the infamous Access Hollywood tape came to light, Ben Affleck criticized then-candidate Trump in a Vanity Fair interview, saying “Women should never be talked about in that way. Even if it was a private conversation.”
If this sudden slew of celebrity scandals has taught us anything, it’s that Hollywood’s degeneracy is matched only by its hypocrisy.