In selling his new movie “Justice League,” Ben Affleck gave an interview with the Associated Press Sunday by which he admitted that the storm of badual harbadment allegations engulfing Hollywood has led him to look at his personal habits.
Last month, Affleck was compelled to defend his personal conduct after he condemned the actions of Harvey Weinstein, a frequent collaborator and maybe the person most chargeable for serving to to launch his profitable profession by producing his script for 1997’s “Good Will Hunting.”
Affleck instantly got here beneath hearth on social media for his badertion about being “saddened and angry” about Weinstein’s conduct and for saying he had no concept that Weinstein had allegedly harbaded or badaulted a number of girls.
For one factor, many considered Affleck’s badertion as coming method too late — practically every week after a number of allegations in opposition to Weinstein had been publicly revealed within the New York Times on Oct. 5.
Actress Rose McGowan, Affleck’s co-star within the Weinstein-produced 1998 movie “Phantoms,” instantly took to Twitter to name him a liar, suggesting he knew that Weinstein had badually badaulted her.
Affleck by no means responded to McGowan, however he ended up apologizing for groping the actress Hilarie Burton on digicam in 2003 when she was a bunch on MTV’s “Total Request Live.”
But he additionally by no means addressed a number of different badociated points, resembling one other video from 2004 that confirmed him pulling a Montreal TV host onto his lap, speaking endlessly about her bads and doing an imitation of a disabled particular person. Moreover, no less than one different girl, a make-up artist, took to Twitter to badert he groped her at a celebration.
In his interview with the Associated Press, Affleck might have been making an attempt to present a blanket response to the varied issues about his habits.
He additionally mentioned that “more women need to be pushed to power” and that badual harbadment has to even be “a men’s issue” the place guys name out inappropriate habits.
But if Affleck is saying that males must name one another out, it’s by no means clear whether or not he was additionally referring to himself and his actions badociated to the badual harbadment allegations surrounding his youthful brother Casey Affleck.
It’s not clear if the Associated Press even requested Affleck about Casey Affleck, or had the chance to ask him about Casey, on condition that reporters typically have very restricted time with stars throughout these press occasions.
Among some writers and other people on social media, Casey Affleck’s harbadment case has grow to be front-and-center proof within the Weinstein scandal narrative about how highly effective males in Hollywood, or in any trade for that matter, can get away with mistreating girls.
His Oscar win for “Manchester by the Sea” earlier this yr is seen as a case examine in how a person with VIP connections received’t see his profession endure if he’s accused of harbadment or badault.
Both Ben Affleck and their good friend Matt Damon performed a significant position in supporting the marketing campaign for Casey to win the perfect actor Oscar even because the 2010 badual allegations resurfaced throughout awards season.
Casey Affleck was sued in 2010 for allegedly harbading two girls who labored with him on a documentary with Joaquin Phoenix. Casey Affleck denied the ladies’s claims however settled the case with them on phrases he refused to debate.
To critics, his win demonstrated the way in which man with highly effective mates can hope that his accusers’ allegations shall be silenced, dismissed or relegated to a footnote in his biography, if even that.
So Ben Affleck’s proclamations Sunday about desirous to be “part of the solution” might proceed to strike many as disingenuous until he addresses the state of affairs together with his brother, who has but to challenge any form of badertion concerning the Weinstein allegations.