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Casey Affleck Won't Present an Oscar at This Year's Academy Awards Ceremony

26 January 2018, 01:40 | Mandy Simon

Casey Affleck Drops Out of Oscar Ceremony

Oscars: Casey Affleck Won't Present Best Actress Award

Deadline, which first reported Affleck's withdrawal, wrote that the actor didn't want his presence at the ceremony to distract from the nominees.

Affleck won the Best Actor Oscar past year for his performance in Manchester By the Sea.

So, breaking a long-standing tradition, Affleck has stepped down from his presenter position at the upcoming Academy Awards. Although it's tradition that the previous year's Best Actor victor present the statue to the current year's Best Actress victor, sources told Deadline that Affleck decided his presence wouldn't be appropriate in the wake of the #TimesUp movement dominating the red carpet discussion.

In 2010, producer Amanda White and cinematographer Magdalena Gorka sued Affleck, alleging that he sexually harassed them on the set of "I'm Still Here".

Affleck won the best actor award last year for Manchester By The Sea, and the victor of that award traditionally presents the following year's award for best actress.

Affleck's appearance at the Oscars would presumably have been an awkward one, given the current focus on the #MeToo movement and the Time's Up initiative. Both lawsuits were settled out of court.

Two women who worked on the hoax Joaquin Phoenix documentary, "I'm Still Here", which Affleck directed, accused him of verbally and physically harassing them during filming.

"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", Affleck told TheBoston Globe.

"There's really nothing I can do about it", Affleck added wearily.

Later, she explained that the action "spoke for itself".

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