Casey Affleck admits 'regret' over treatment of women

Casey Affleck and Joaquin Phoenix.
Casey Affleck and Joaquin Phoenix. Photo credit: Getty

Actor Casey Affleck has apologised for his behaviour against females on the set of his film, I'm Still Here.

The Oscar-winner was sued by two female crew members, who accused him of sexual harassment.

He says he behaved in a way, and allowed others to behave in a way, that was unprofessional.

"That I was ever involved in a conflict that resulted in a lawsuit is something that I really regret," he told the Associated Press.

"I had never had any complaints like that made about me before in my life and it was really embarrassing, and I didn't know how to handle it, and I didn't agree with everything, the way I was being described and the things that were said about me.

"But I wanted to try to make it right, and so we made it right in the way that was asked at the time."

The lawsuits, from producer Amanda White and director of photography Magdalena Gorka, were settled out of court.

I'm Still Here followed actor Joaquin Phoenix as he tried to launch a fake rap music career.

"It was an unprofessional environment," said Affleck. "I contributed to that unprofessional environment and I tolerated that kind of behaviour from other people and I wish that I hadn't, and I regret a lot of that."

Affleck turned down an offer to present an award at this year's Oscars ceremony, replaced by Jennifer Lawrence and Jodie Foster.  He said it was better for "two incredible women" to do it in the wake of the #MeToo movement.

"Women have been underrepresented and underpaid and objectified and diminished and humiliated and belittled in a bazillion ways."