Armie Hammer apologized for the comparison of Casey Affleck’s sexual harassment cases, with Nate Parker’s assault case.
Armie Hammer apologized on Friday for comments on Casey Affleck’s sexual harassment cases during an attempt to call out Hollywood’s double standard in an interview last month.
During a Hollywood Reporter interview last month, Hammer wondered why Casey Affleck, who faced two sexual harassment cases, won a Oscar for best actor when Nate Parker was placed in “the director of the prison” after allegations of sexual abuse resurfaced. In a statement released by his PR firm, Hammer said that he “misspoke” when comparing the cases.
“I would like to sincerely apologize to Casey and his family for my recent comments about him in my THR interview. Without knowledge of the facts about the civil cases in question (which I now understand were settled), I misspoke,” Hammer said in an e-mail statement to Fox News.
Casey Affleck was accused of sexual harassment by two female crew members on the set of “I’m Still Here.” The cases were settled out of court and dismissed.
“I confused sexual harassment cases with a criminal case involving sexual assault charges. The cases in which Casey was involved, are not illegal and, instead, involved civil claims from the 2010 film “I’m Still Here,” the 31-year-old actor said.
Affleck was sued in 2010 for allegedly sexually harassing two female members of the crew on the set of “I’m Still Here.” The two cases were settled out of court and dismissed, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Hammer said that he intended to make a “social comment about the double standards in general,” but instead made a poor comparison, that he “regrets.”
“I also do not mean to insinuate, nor do I believe, that He or someone from his camp had something to do with the leaked information that took place during the press for” the Birth of a Nation, ” Hammer said.
Hammer added, “I have respect for Casey’ s work, and I’ve learned a valuable lesson about the need to be precise in the dissemination of information, especially in this time of immediate, non-communication. During an attempt to be a part of the solution, I accidentally made myself part of the problem, which I really regret.”
Hammer said in the first Hollywood Reporter interview that Parker’s “the Birth of a Nation” was up for an Oscar last year for the director’s 1999 rape statement was made. Parker and Jean Celestin, Parker’s college roommate from Penn State and the co-author of “the Birth of a Nation” were accused of raping a student when they are at the university in 1999.
Armie Hammer in comparison with Nate Parker and Casey Affleck in a Hollywood Reporter interview.
Celestin was found guilty of sexual abuse, but it was overturned when the student does not testify. They reportedly killed themselves in 2012.
Parker was acquitted of the crime, but was later accused of themselves to a female student trainer.
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