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    Casey Affleck sued for sexual harassment

    Fri Jul 23, 2010 @ 02:59PM PST By Matthew Belloni
    UPDATE: Casey Affleck intends to countersue
    EXCLUSIVE: A producer of Casey Affleck's upcoming documentary about Joaquin Phoenix has dropped a bombshell $2 million lawsuit on the filmmaker/actor, claiming she was subjected to lurid sexual harassment and denied her producing fee after she refused to spend the night in a hotel room with him.
    Amanda White alleges in a lawsuit being filed this afternoon in Los Angeles Superior Court that she was forced to endure debauched behavior during production of "I'm Still Here: The Lost Year of Joaquin Phoenix," including "uninvited and unwelcome sexual advances in the workplace" and an impromptu shoot in a Las Vegas hotel room filled with hookers and transvestites.

    White, who worked on "Good Will Hunting" with Affleck and brother Ben and later collaborated with producer Chris Moore on several projects, says she agreed orally to a $50,000 fee to help produce the unconventional documentary about Phoenix's attempts to reinvent himself as a rap artist. But the offensive behavior allegedly began almost immediately.

    "On one occasion, Affleck instructed a crew member to take off his pants in order to show [White] his penis, even after [White] objected," the complaint alleges. "Affleck repeatedly referred to women as 'cows;' he discussed his sexual exploits and those of other celebrities that he allegedly witnessed; and asked [White], after learning her age, 'Isn't it about time you get pregnant?'"


    The complaint also says White was prevented from going to her bedroom during shooting in Costa Rica because "Affleck and Phoenix locked themselves in her bedroom with two women," the lawsuit says. "Affleck also attempted to manipulate [White] into staying in a hotel room with him, and when she resisted, he grabbed her in a hostile manner in an effort to intimidate her into complying."

    A rep for Affleck, who is married to Summer Phoenix, declined to comment on the lawsuit. (UPDATE: Affleck's attorney Michael Plonsker has issued a terse statement denying the allegations and vowing to bring cross-claims against White. Full statement here.) Neither Joaquin Phoenix nor Magnolia Pictures, which recently picked up distribution rights to the film and plans to release it in September, are named as defendants in the suit.

    The case signals a recent Hollywood trend, of sorts. Yesterday, actor David Boreanaz and "Bones" producer Twentieth Television were sued for sexual harassment by a female extra on the show. That case comes on the heels of Nicollette Sheridan's $20 million assault and harassment lawsuit against ABC Studios and "Desperate Housewives" creator Marc Cherry, which ABC is vigorously defending.

    White includes this tale of what she and female cinematographer Magdalena Gorka allegedly endured:

    "One afternoon, [White] produced a shoot at the Palazzo Hotel where Phoenix performed a set as a rap artist," the complaint reads. "Following the set, Affleck told [White] that he and Phoenix wanted to shoot another sequence in their hotel suite that evening. [Affleck] procured the services of several prostitutes, including male transvestites, for the evening shoot. [White] was not aware of what Affleck planned for that shoot."

    Then, when White and Gorka arrived at the shoot, "there were approximately 35 people at the hotel suite including prostitutes that had been procured for Affleck," according to the lawsuit.

    Judging by the pre-release press and Phoenix's infamous David Letterman appearance, it's not surprising that production of the film would include some odd and offensive behavior. But White says that "none of the conduct that occurred in the hotel suite is in the version of the film that will be released to the public." Instead, she believes that Affleck orchestrated the shoot "for his personal gratification and unfairly subjected [White] and Gorka to the conduct involving the prostitutes for reasons having nothing to do with the purpose of the project."

    The complaint doesn't reveal what exactly went on in the hotel. But it does discuss an alleged encounter between White and Affleck when the production moved to San Francisco.

    She says Affleck asked her to share a hotel room with him, and when she declined and told Affleck she needed to return to Los Angeles, "Affleck became hostile and aggressive," according to the complaint. "He violently grabbed [White's] arm in an effort to intimidate her into staying." When she refused, "Affleck continued his abusive conduct by sending her abusive text messages and calling her profane names for refusing to stay with him," White alleges.

    White says she repeatedly informed Affleck that she was upset and that she would stop working on the film if she didn't get her $50,000 producing deal in writing. Shortly thereafter, the production's attorney David Weber (of the talent firm Sloane Offer Weber & Dern), allegedly entered into settlement discussions with her. But in September 2009, Weber allegedly began taking a more negative tone with her. White says she then realized she wouldn't be paid and quit the movie.

    "Affleck refused to compensate [White] as agreed because she objected to his harassing and abusive conduct, and because she refused to share his hotel room during the shoot in San Francisco," the complaint alleges. "Affleck encouraged and participated in the harassment of [White] and Gorka for his own twisted gratification; indeed, on information and belief, virtually none of the acts complained of herein are contained in the film that will be shown to the public."

    The 19-page lawsuit, filed by attorneys Skip Miller and Brian Procel of L.A.'s Miller Barondess firm, demands at least $2 million on causes of action for sexual harassment, retaliation, failure to prevent harassment/retaliation, constructive discharge in violation of public policy, breach of oral contract, unjust enrichment, and negligent and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Defendants are Affleck and production company Flemmy Prods.
    Affleck was recently cast in the Fox Searchlight romantic comedy 'The F-Word.'

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    I have a feeling this is true....

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    aww i really liked him... =( but i think it's true too.

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    He's always creeped me out a bit tbh.

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    I was about to praise his skills for acting like a total dick hole in Killer Inside Me.
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    I believe this. I always thought he was a decent actor, but I know a few people who worked with him or dealt with him on sets. I've always heard that he was a douche.

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    If she still has the text messages, she could prove some of what she says.

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    Hmm. I'm not completely sold on this yet. In a mockumentary full of satire like this, a lot of people are going to get pissed and take things the wrong way. So the footage didn't get used in the film...that doesn't automatically mean it wasn't FOR the film. Lots of footage gets shot and never used, sometimes because the production company says nay after the director says yae.

    I hate to put the burden of proof on the victim, but I'm personally not convinced by this initial statement.
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    ^^^
    same.
    and i get what you're saying about not wanting to put the burden on the victim but hey, it kind of is. the accused is innocent until proven guilty and that proof has to come in part from the alleged victim.
    even though i have no trouble believing this dude's a douche in real life. he's a great actor but he's always struck me as the asshole type.
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    Oh yeah. No trouble believing the kids a douche, even if he is talented. Working on a project like this, though, she's going to have a hard time proving anything truly nefarious was taking place in her direction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarzy View Post
    He's always creeped me out a bit tbh.
    Me too. I've always thought he was creepy. Just like his brother, he's a wooden, sucky actor.


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    that sucks

    if i worked in their biz and someone tried that shite with me, i'd set up voice-activated microphones & motion sensitive hidden cameras in the room and on my person.
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    Default typical Hollyweird liberal

    I know a lot of you think because an actor supports Obama or abortion or whatever that makes him nice. please.
    there is no more sexist group on earth. they bust union rules to film overseas. they use tons of dough on prostitution, much of it of the white slavery kind. they harass and assault at whim. they are surrounded by enablers and weak minded people who love the lifestyle.
    this guy is pretty standard. what a lowlife.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Draper View Post
    I know a lot of you think because an actor supports Obama or abortion or whatever that makes him nice. please.

    WTF are you talking about?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Draper View Post
    I know a lot of you think because an actor supports Obama or abortion or whatever that makes him nice. please.
    ... nobody thinks that. Only a retard would even consider that a viable point of view.

    there is no more sexist group on earth. they bust union rules to film overseas. they use tons of dough on prostitution, much of it of the white slavery kind. they harass and assault at whim. they are surrounded by enablers and weak minded people who love the lifestyle.
    this guy is pretty standard. what a lowlife.
    lawdy i can hear the bus revving early on this one
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