Casey Affleck Addresses Sexual Harassment Allegations Following Controversial Oscars Win

After taking home the Oscar for Best Actor in Manchester by the Sea, Casey Affleck responded to critics who were displeased with his big win due to sexual harassment allegations from his past.

Two women who worked with Affleck on the film I’m Still Here claimed that he sexually harassed them in separate lawsuits that were filed in 2010. One of the accusations alleged that Affleck crawled into one woman’s bed as she slept. This case was settled outside of court, yet viewers of the Oscars—celebrity and non-celebrity—expressed their discontent on Sunday about Affleck’s win, arguing that Academy condoned his alleged immoral behavior by celebrating his work. Brie Larson, who portrayed a survivor of sexual assault in Room, refused to clap for Affleck after she presented him with his Oscar.

Affleck addressed these negative reactions to his win in an interview with the Boston Globe that was published on Tuesday, Feb. 28. He noted that both sides of the case are not allowed to comment on the matter and that none of his online critics know what happened during between him and the two women who brought charges against him.

“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,” said Affleck. “There’s really nothing I can do about it, 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.”

Affleck also offered a few words on his plans for the future.

“I don’t know what [the Oscar] means going forward,” Affleck told the Boston Globe. “I don’t plan on changing anything about what I’ve done up to this point. Every once in a while a part like Manchester by the Sea comes along and you get the chance to do it and you just hope, at that moment, you’re ready.”

Watch his Oscars speech below.