Ben Affleck joined a growing chorus of former Harvey Weinstein collaborators to speak out against the embattled filmmaker amid allegations of sexual assault and harassment.
The actor — whose 1997 drama “Good Will Hunting” was picked up by Weinstein and distributed by his Miramax company — issued a statement Tuesday condemning the producer shortly after The New Yorker published a report that three woman had accused Weinstein of rape.
“I am saddened and angry that a man who I worked with used his position of power to intimidate, sexually harass and manipulate many women over decades,” Affleck said in the statement, which was posted to his Twitter page. “The additional allegations of assault that I read this morning made me sick.
“This is completely unacceptable, and I find myself asking what I can do to make sure this doesn’t happen to others,” he said.
Affleck concluded the statement by expressing the need to support the victims who choose to speak out, as well as stopping the cycle of men in power taking advantage of women.
Actress Rose McGowan — who settled with Weinstein in 1997 after a hotel-room incident, according to The New York Times — immediately denied Affleck’s statement though, claiming that the actor had known for years about Weinstein’s alleged harassment.
Ben Affleck denounced Harvey Weinstein, whom he collaborated with on “Good Will Hunting.”
“‘GODDAMNIT! I TOLD HIM TO STOP DOING THAT’ you said that to my face,” she tweeted at Affleck Tuesday afternoon. “The press conf I was made to go to after assault. You lie.”
While it’s unclear what press conference she’s referring to, she reportedly received a settlement from the Weinstein Company in 1997. McGowan and Affleck worked on “Going All the Way” together that year and “Phantoms” in 1998.
Before Affleck’s statement, McGowan had called him out, along with his brother Casey and Matt Damon, who each starred in “Good Will Hunting,” over their silence regarding Weinstein.
“Hey @mattdamon what’s it like to be a spineless profiteer who stays silent?” she wrote on Twitter.
She added in a second tweet, “Ben Affleck Casey Affleck, how’s your morning boys?”
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Casey Affleck was sued in 2010 by a pair of female former co-workers on allegations of sexual harassment, and he ultimately settled out of court with both.
The scandal has swirled around Weinstein since last week, when multiple women, including actress Ashley Judd, accused Weinstein of making unwanted sexual advances toward them in a bombshell report by The New York Times.
The New Yorker followed up with its own exposé Tuesday, reporting the allegations of thirteen women who accused Weinstein of sexual assault or sexual harassment.
Affleck is the latest former Weinstein colleague to denounce the filmmaker. Jennifer Lawrence, who won an Oscar for the Weinstein-produced film “Silver Linings Playbook,” called the filmmaker’s alleged behavior “inexcusable and absolutely upsetting.”
Meryl Streep, who has starred in multiple films led by Weinstein, called the news “disgraceful” and contended that she was unaware of the accusations against him — as did Judi Dench, who referred to Weinstein’s alleged misconduct as “horrifying.”
Actress Rose McGowan claims Affleck did, in fact, know about Weinstein’s alleged harassment.
Cate Blanchett, who starred in Weinstein Co. movies including “Carol” and “The Aviator,” leant her suport to the women coming forward.
“Any man in a position of power or authority who thinks it’s his prerogative to threaten, intimidate or sexually assault any woman he encounters or works alongside needs to be called to account,” she said in a statement to Variety. It is never easy for a woman to come forward in such situations and I wholeheartedly support those who have.”
Late Tuesday, Leonardo DiCaprio also issued a vague statement.
“There is no excuse for sexual harassment or sexual assault — no matter who you are and no matter what profession,” he said. I applaud the strength and courage of the women who came forward and made their voices heard.”