joined the Associated Press
for his first major interview about the #MeToo anti-harassment movement and his decision to step away from presenting best actress at the Oscars earlier this year. Per tradition at the Oscars, “Manchester by the Sea
” winner Affleck should have presented Frances McDormand
with an Oscar this year, but the actor released a statement a month before the ceremony announcing he was removing himself from the show. Give the #MeToo movement and the harassment allegations against Affleck, the actor said it wouldn’t be appropriate for him to be on stage on Oscars night.
“I think it was the right thing to do just given everything that was going on in our culture at the moment,” Affleck told the AP
about the choice. “And having two incredible women go present the best actress award felt like the right thing.”
Affleck settled two lawsuits in 2010 accusing