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Casey Affleck felt it was best to 'be quiet' after sexual harassment allegations

The 'Manchester By The Sea' star faced two sexual harassment lawsuits in 2010 from women who worked with him on a film, which he settled outside of court for an undisclosed amount.

FILE: Casey Affleck arriving on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars in 2017. Picture: AFP

LONDON - Casey Affleck felt it was best to be quiet after he was accused of sexual misconduct amid the #MeToo movement.

The Manchester By The Sea star faced two sexual harassment lawsuits in 2010 from women who worked with him on his film I'm Still Here, which he settled outside of court for an undisclosed amount that same year.

Now he has broken his silence and opened up about how difficult it was not to be able to support the movement, launched to encourage women to share their stories of sexual abuse and harassment in the wake of the revelations that were made public in 2017 about movie producer Harvey Weinstein's conduct towards women throughout his Hollywood career, which is "at the heart of [his] being" and talk about the lawsuits against him.

Speaking about what he has learned from #MeToo on Dax Shepard's Armchair Expert podcast, Casey said: "Who would not be supportive of the MeToo movement? That's an idea that's even out there?

"That there are some people saying we do not believe in equality and we think the workplace should be a dangerous place for certain people and not for others. That's preposterous.

"But it is very, very hard to talk about, and it scares me.

"Mostly because the values of the MeToo movement are values that are at the heart of my being; just the way I was raised, they are baked into my own value system having been raised by a mother who didn't let us watch Dukes Of Hazard when we were like eight years old because it was sexist."

He added: "I really wanted to support all but I felt like the best thing to do was to just be quiet, so that I didn't seem to be in opposition to something that I really wanted to champion.

"It's a tough spot to be in, especially if you really do appreciate and want to be a support of the side that seems angriest, and the anger is being directed at you."

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