|Affleck in Manchester by the Sea|
Affleck has been the leading contender since January’s Sundance Film Festival but scrutiny is growing over two settled claims of inappropriate behavior and unwanted advances on the set of his 2010 directorial effort, I’m Still Here.
The Wrap reports that some media outlets have asked why so little attention has been paid to them, noting that Affleck has received friendly profiles, but that Nate Parker’s Oscar chances for “Birth of a Nation” were badly wounded by heavy coverage of a rape case in which he was acquitted in 2001. No one is saying the cases are identical: Parker’s was criminal, while Affleck’s was civil. And Parker’s accuser took her own life, years after he was found not guilty.
In one case filed against Affleck he was accused of calling women “cows,” and producer Amanda White claimed that he constantly discussed his “sexual exploits” during filming and that at one point he directed another crew member to show her his penis, despite her objections. She also alleged that Affleck once attempted to get her to stay in a hotel room with him, and when she said no, he “grabbed her in a hostile manner in an effort to intimidate her into complying.”
In the other, cinematographer Magdelena Gorka said Affleck joked that she should have sex with a camera assistant, and that she once woke up to find Affleck in bed with her wearing a T-shirt and underwear, stroking her back, his berath reeking of alcohol. The actor vehemently denied all of the accusations and counter-sued.
A representative for Affleck, 41, who separated from his wife earlier this year, declined to comment on the matter, except to say that the cases were settled to the satisfaction of both parties and the lawsuits were dismissed.
Affleck’s performance in Manchester by the Sea has been almost universally admired, and represents a leading man return for him since his Oscar-nominated performance in 2007’s The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.
Several stories pondered whether the disparity in treatment of Affleck and Parker is a matter of race: a fevered obsession over the latter’s rape case immediately overshadowed press surrounding the release of Birth of a Nation.
Affleck, meanwhile, was honored at the Telluride Film Festival
and the honors keep coming.