Casey Affleck is currently a person of interest. He just won the Golden Globe for his performance in Manchester by the Sea. He’s an Affleck! There have also been two accusations of sexual assault levied against him, but that hasn’t affected awards season coverage.
According to The Daily Beast, Amanda White and Magdalena Gorka, who both worked with Affleck on the film I’m Still Here, alleged continued harassment by the actor. The litany of disturbing accusations include degrading women, physically intimidating them, verbally harassing them, and then ultimately refusing to honor the terms of an employee agreement. Affleck settled out of court with both White and Gorka, but the details in The Daily Beast article are truly disturbing, and nearly all have been swept under the rug since the now award-winning film came out.
But hey, Affleck also has a man bun, and so the New York Times deemed him Style section-worthy. And this is how it addressed the harassment allegations:
There is plenty to be said about the more serious of Mr. Affleck’s shortcomings, the ones that have led him to settle two sexual harassment cases out of court and that some say may cost him the Oscar.
For present purposes, however, what concerns us is Mr. Affleck’s bizarro style...
It’s one thing to acknowledge the accusations against a person before going on with a story, but the structure of this particular passage is truly strange. Writer Guy Trebay is clear on what’s most concerning regarding the younger Affleck: his “slovenly and idiosyncratic take on normcore.” It’s dismissive at best, and incredibly harmful. In a world that seems to keep giving men passes for sexual harassment, it reads very poorly. If you have to introduce someone this way, maybe don’t write a fluff piece about their style?
The allegations aren’t mentioned again through the rest of the piece, but the fact that he dresses “scraggly” is brought up as the thing that might prevent Affleck from breaking “through to the big leagues.”
“As a sign of respect, it is better to err on the side of dressing too well than not dressing enough,” said Rob Burnett, the longtime executive producer of “Late Show With David Letterman.”
The New York Times did not immediately respond to Racked’s request for comment.