Casey Affleck has confirmed that he won’t be attending the Oscars in March to present the award for Best Actor.
The Oscar-winning star triumphed in 2017 for his role in ‘Manchester By The Sea’, and was expected to follow tradition by presenting the award for best actress in his capacity as the reigning best actor.
The actor was sued by two female crew members for alleged sexual harassment in 2010.
“We appreciate the decision to keep the focus on the show and on the great work of this year”, an Oscars spokesperson said.
In 2010, Affleck was sued by producer Amanda White and director of photography Magdalena Gorka, who accused Affleck of assaulting them on the set of music mockumentary I’m Still Here.
Affleck subsequently denied the allegations, but they surfaced once more during his Oscars victory – with Brie Larson refusing to clap as she handed him the Best Actor gong.
His no-show at this year’s ceremony follows the emergence of the Time’s Up Movement, which was sparked by the slew of sexual assault allegations that were levelled against Harvey Weinstein in October last year.
Since then, a multitude of high profile figures including Kevin Spacey and Dustin Hoffman have faced allegations of sexual misconduct which they have subsequently denied.
It is also expected that the Time’s Up movement will heavily impact on this year’s ceremony too – with James Franco yet to confirm his attendance after being accused of sexual assault.