A week after a female producer who worked with Casey Affleck on the documentary he made of brother-in-law Joaquin Phoenix’s “decision” to become a rapper sued him for sexual harassment, another female staffer (this time the cinematographer) has sued Casey and his production company, also alleging sexual harassment, E! News reports.
Magdalena Gorka, who was mentioned in the lawsuit filed by Amanda White last week, alleges that Affleck and other members of the crew instantly made her feel “uncomfortable” on the set by making lewd comments, talking about having sex with Gorka and suggesting she sleep with the camera assistant.
In mid-December 2008, her suit states, the crew stayed overnight at Phoenix and Affleck’s New York apartment while in town shooting scenes for I’m Still Here: The Lost Year of Joaquin Phoenix.
Because she was the only woman there at the time, Gorka says, Affleck told her she could sleep in his bedroom and he’d take the couch. She says that she woke up up in the middle of the night to find Affleck, wearing underwear and a t-shirt, curled up next to her.
His breath “reeked of alcohol,” she claims.
According to the lawsuit, when she told him to get out of bed, Affleck asked, “Why?” and she replied, “Because you are married and because you are my boss.”
Gorka quit after this incident, she says, but agreed to return to the film after White joined the crew and she figured having another woman around would help.
But she says that she was ultimately forced to resign again in April 2009 following the crew’s trip to Costa Rica (also mentioned in White’s lawsuit) after the innuendo and inappropriate conduct resumed upon her return.
Afterward, her complaint alleges, Affleck refused to pay her or give her credit for her work as director of photography.
The cinematographer is suing for $2.25 million.
Okay, with one lawsuit, who really knows what happened? With two lawsuits, making similar allegations… I have to wonder.
What do you think?
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