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On Thursday, an Oscars spokesperson confirmed to multiple news outlets that Casey Affleck, who won the Best Actor award last year, would not be attending the show or presenting this year. Affleck won for his leading role in Manchester by the Sea in 2017 and it is customary for the previous year’s winner to present the honor at the next awards. Considering the current Me Too/Time’s Up climate, that’s probably not such a good idea for Affleck. To be quite honest, it’s probably best he stays as far away as possible.

Casey Affleck has been a controversial figure since 2010 when he settled sexual harassment cases with two women he worked with on his film, I’m Still Here. Producer Amanda White claimed that Affleck had asked her to stay in his hotel room and “grabbed her” when she rejected him and moved to leave. The film’s cinematographer, Magdalena Gorka, alleged that Affleck climbed into bed with her after a late shoot and grew angry after she told him to leave. She also claimed that he made inappropriate comments to her on set, including telling her she should sleep with a camera assistant. Both cases were settled out of court to the tune of over $4 million between the two. Affleck has repeatedly denied the allegations.

When Affleck received his Oscar nomination and subsequent win last year, people were disappointed in the Academy’s acknowledgement of him. This year, those same people seem to be pleased that he won’t be attending or presenting — seriously, Time’s Up, Casey — but they are also saying it’s the least he could do. Some are even advocating for the Academy to revoke his honour from last year.

 

Maybe the Academy will pull an All the Money in the World and replace Affleck with Christopher Plummer. Or, you know, a woman.