Casey Affleck Hits Back at $2M Sex Harassment Suit

The Joaquin Phoenix documentary gets even weirder
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 26, 2010 8:02 AM CDT
Actor Joaquin Phoenix, left, poses for a portrait as Casey Affleck films in the background in Beverly Hills Calif., on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
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(Newser) – Casey Affleck was quick to fire back at the woman who filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against him Friday. “The allegations brought upon our clients are preposterous and without merit,” his lawyer says, adding that Affleck will file cross-claims. Amanda White’s $2 million suit alleges all sorts of crazy behavior on the set of I’m Still Here (the documentary—or mockumentary?—Affleck is making about Joaquin Phoenix), Reuters reports.

Among the more salacious accusations in White’s suit: Affleck refused to pay her after she wouldn’t spend the night with him; he once told a crew member to show White his penis; and he often referred to women as “cows” and talked about his “sexual exploits.” But White was fired more than a year ago, Affleck’s lawyer says, adding that the lawsuit is simply an attempt to get “producers to succumb to her outrageous and baseless demands.” Click here to read one director’s thoughts on Affleck’s documentary.

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