Actor Casey Affleck has been slapped with a $2 million sexual harassment lawsuit by a producer of his offbeat documentary about Affleck’s brother-in-law Joaquin Phoenix’s quest to become a rap star. And Affleck is slapping back.
In papers filed Friday in Los Angeles, Amanda White claims Affleck acted inappropriately while directing I’m Still Here: The Lost Year of Joaquin Phoenix, alleging she encountered “uninvited and unwelcome sexual advances in the workplace” during production, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
In response, Michael Plonsker, a litigator for Affleck and his production company Flemmy Prods., tells the trade paper, “The allegations brought upon our clients are preposterous and without merit. Ms. White was terminated from the production over a year ago. She and her lawyers believe that this maliciously and erroneously filed complaint will cause the producers to succumb to her outrageous and baseless demands. She is mistaken.”
Adds Plonsker: “The complaint will be vigorously defended and cross-claims will be filed against her.”
In her 19-page complaint, White alleges Affleck, 34, referred to women as “cows” and openly discussed his sexual exploits in front of her. The producer also alleges Affleck, who since 2006 has been married to Phoenix’s sister Summer, and the film’s star once took over her hotel room in Costa Rica to entertain two women and that Affleck also once tried to get her to spend the night with him in his hotel room in San Francisco.
Her lawsuit says Affleck became “hostile and aggressive” when she refused and “violently grabbed her arm in an effort to intimidate her into staying.”
Her list of damages includes sexual harassment, breach of oral contract and intentional infliction of emotional distress. She also claims Affleck owes her money for her services as a producer.