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Filmmaker Launches Petition to Have Casey Affleck Removed From Oscars Ceremony
Nov 2, 2017 by: WENN
Filmmaker Cameron Bossert has launched a petition to have Casey Affleck uninvited from the Academy Awards next year over allegations of sexual harassment.
The star's performance as a bereaved brother in Kenneth Lonergan's film Manchester by the Sea won him the Best Actor prize at the 2017 Academy Awards ceremony, but the decision to honor him sparked criticism because in 2010 Amanda White, the producer of the mockumentary film I'm Still Here and its cinematographer Magdalena Gorka, sued him, alleging he sexually harassed them during filming.
He denied the allegations and counter sued, but settled the cases in October that year.
Casey opened up about the allegations earlier this year, insisting "any kind of mistreatment of anyone for any reason is unacceptable and abhorrent," but Bossert is calling for Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences officials to uninvite Affleck and ask someone else to present the Best Actress category.
The Change.org petition has garnered over 12,000 signatures.
"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?" Bossert writes on the website. "Sign my petition asking that the Academy bar Casey Affleck from handing out the Best Actress Statue in the 2018 awards ceremony."
The actor has not commented on the petition. It comes in the midst of sexual harassment and assault allegations levelled at Harvey Weinstein, James Toback, Kevin Spacey, and Brett Ratner.
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