Ben Affleck has spoken out about the Harvey Weinstein allegations, saying he's "saddened and angry"
Ben Affleck has spoken out against Harvey Weinstein amid allegations of three decades of sexual harassment and rape.
In a statement posted on Facebook Tuesday, Affleck, 45, said he was “saddened and angered” by Weinstein’s alleged actions.
Weinstein famously championed Affleck and Matt Damon’s 1997 film Good Will Hunting, which he produced and distributed through his former company Miramax. Affleck and Damon two took home an Oscar for the film, which they wrote and starred in together.
Affleck’s comments come just days after The Wrap founder Sharon Waxman claimed Damon and Russell Crowe meddled in a 2004 story about Weinstein’s alleged behavior. Waxman claimed Damon and Crowe called her “directly” to refute reports. The story was ultimately killed. Both actors have yet to comment on the allegations.
On Tuesday, a new expose in The New Yorker revealed — among 13 different women’s accounts of alleged sexual harassment, assault and rape — that the mogul allegedly forcibly performed oral sex on Italian actress Asia Argento two decades ago.
Actresses Mira Sorvino and Rosanna Arquette also claimed that after rejecting Weinstein’s unwanted advances, they were removed from or kept from being hired for projects.
In response to the lengthy allegations issued against Weinstein in the piece, a spokesperson for Weinstein said, “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein.”
On Sunday, Weinstein was removed from his powerhouse film studio in the wake of the publication of the allegations in a New York Times report.
In the Times article, eight women — including actress Ashley Judd — spoke out against Weinstein, accusing him of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior. The Times also reported that Weinstein reached private settlements with eight women, including actress Rose McGowan.