I always think of Casey Affleck as the quiet Affleck (compared to his big brother, Ben, although Ben has calmed down A LOT since settling down with Jennifer Garner), but now he’s in the spotlight (and not because of his documentary on his brother-in-law, Joaquin Phoenix, “quitting” acting to become a rapper). Casey is being sued for $2 million for sexual harassment. And Casey is suing right back.
Amanda White alleges in a lawsuit being filed this afternoon in Los Angeles Superior Court that she was forced to endure debauched behavior during production of “I’m Still Here: The Lost Year of Joaquin Phoenix,” including “uninvited and unwelcome sexual advances in the workplace” and an impromptu shoot in a Las Vegas hotel room filled with hookers and transvestites…
“On one occasion, Affleck instructed a crew member to take off his pants in order to show [White] his penis, even after [White] objected,” the complaint alleges. “Affleck repeatedly referred to women as ‘cows;’ he discussed his sexual exploits and those of other celebrities that he allegedly witnessed; and asked [White], after learning her age, ‘Isn’t it about time you get pregnant?’”
The complaint also says White was prevented from going to her bedroom during shooting in Costa Rica because “Affleck and Phoenix locked themselves in her bedroom with two women,” the lawsuit says. “Affleck also attempted to manipulate [White] into staying in a hotel room with him, and when she resisted, he grabbed her in a hostile manner in an effort to intimidate her into complying.”
Something that makes this that much more awkward? Casey is married to River’s sister, Summer, and they have two children together. Casey’s attorney is hitting back, though:
“The allegations brought upon our clients are preposterous and without merit,” Plonsker says. “Ms. White was terminated from the production over a year ago. She and her lawyers believe that this maliciously and erroneously filed complaint will cause the producers to succumb to her outrageous and baseless demands. She is mistaken. The complaint will be vigorously defended and cross-claims will be filed against her.”
First David Boreanaz, now Casey. What’s going on?
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