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Casey Affleck Settles Sexual Harassment Lawsuits
Source:Chinese Women's Research Network | Release Date:2010-9-16-
Title: Casey Affleck Settles Sexual Harassment Lawsuits
Author: Ben Child
Source: guardian.co.uk
Release Date: September 15, 2010
Keyword: sexual harassment
 

Casey Affleck has settled sexual harassment cases with two women who accused him of unwelcome advances during the filming of I'm Still Here, the "documentary" starring Joaquin Phoenix.

Producer Amanda White and cinematographer Magdalena Gorka had sued for $2m and $2.25m respectively, claiming they were subjected to outrageous behaviour while working on the film. White also said Affleck had broken a verbal agreement to pay her $50,000. Both women will now receive due credit for their work on the project, though no details of any financial settlement have been released.

White's original allegations included claims that Affleck hired transvestite prostitutes "for his personal gratification" during filming, referred to women as "cows", manhandled her when she rejected his sexual advances and instructed a camera operator to flash his genitals at her on several occasions. Gorka claimed she was subjected to a "near daily barrage of sexual comments, innuendo and unwelcome advances" by crew members, encouraged by Affleck.

Affleck vehemently denied the allegations and threatened to countersue after the two women first made their claims. But the two sides held a mediation a few weeks ago that eventually led to the settlement, the LA Times reports. According to a spokesperson for Affleck, the dispute has been resolved to the mutual satisfation of both parties and the lawsuits have been dismissed.

I'm Still Here, Affleck's chronicle of his brother-in-law's descent from A-list actor to hip-hop celebrity bum, debuted at the Venice film festival earlier this month to mixed reviews. Critics are divided on whether to interpret the film as a documentary or an example of Kaufmanesque performance art. The Times also reports that Phoenix's acting agents have been touting him for roles in recent weeks, which suggests the latter may just be the case. The film opens in the UK this weekend.
 

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