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Last week, The New York Times shook Hollywood when it published an investigation filled with accusations of sexual harassment against superstar film producer Harvey Weinstein.
Slowly but surely, many celebrities involved in his films have come out with statements against Weinstein. After The New Yorker published an article detailing even more allegations against Weinstein, including three women accusing him of rape, Ben Affleck has made a statement.
On Tuesday, Affleck wrote on his official Facebook page:
“I am saddened and angry that a man who I worked with used his position of power to intimidate, sexually harass and manipulate many women over decades. The additional allegations of assault that I read this morning made me sick. This is completely unacceptable, and I find myself asking what I can do to make sure this doesn’t happen to others. We need to do better at protecting our sisters, friends, co-workers and daughters. We must support those who come forward, condemn this type of behavior when we see it and help ensure there are more women in positions of power.”
Weinstein helped start Affleck’s career by producing “Good Will Hunting.” Affleck was in the movie and co-wrote the screenplay with Matt Damon. Affleck and Damon won the Oscar for best original screenplay, and went on to have incredibly successful careers in the industry.
On Monday, the founder of The Wrap said that in 2004, The New York Times gutted an article involving sexual-harassment allegations Weinstein, after pressure from Weinstein himself and celebrities including Damon. Affleck wasn’t mentioned.