Casey Affleck’s Oscar win puts spotlight on past sexual assault allegations

Last night Casey Affleck took home the best actor Oscar for his role in Manchester by the Sea. While many were surprised he beat out Oscar favorites Denzel Washinton and Andrew Garfield, others were not. Many on the internet pointed out that Hollywood, as well as America at large, has a history of rewarding men who’ve faced sexual assault allegations.

In 2010, Affleck settled out of court for sexual assault and harassment allegations brought by two women he worked with—one said he groped her, the other said he intimidated her, sent her abusive texts, and encouraged other men to expose themselves to her at work. In his acceptance speech last night, Affleck took on Trump to much applause, saying, “The policies of this administration are abhorrent and they will not last.” Many found his criticisms of the president hypocritical since they both share an allegedly similar past.

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Regardless of what the Academy thinks of Affleck, others in Hollywood perhaps aren’t so cool with his accolades. Actress Constance Wu has been very vocal about what she feels was the Academy’s lack of integrity by nominating Affleck in the first place, and 2016 Oscar winner Brie Larson, who presented him with the award, didn’t bother to clap when he took the stage.

The other three stars who took home top acting Oscars maybe wouldn’t mind distancing themselves from Affleck too.

 

Jessica Machado

Jessica Machado

Jessica Machado is the IRL editor of the Daily Dot. Previously, she was an associate editor at Rolling Stone. Her work has been published in the Washington Post, Elle, Vice, Salon, BuzzFeed, Guernica, Bitch, Bust, the Cut, the Awl, the Toast, among others.