Days after a woman filed a sexual harassment complaint against Casey Affleck, the actor’s attorney, Marty Singer, has filed a motion to move the case from Superior court to private arbitration.
The motion, filed Wednesday in L.A. County Superior Court, claims that accuser Amanda White was a work-for-hire/independent contractor and as such signed an agreement with Affleck’s Flemmy Prods. that said, “All disputes that may arise between the parties … will be determined solely by arbitration.”
Affleck is also seeking $18,825 in lawyer’s fees.
White’s complaint, filed last week, alleges she endured unwelcome sexual advances while working on the Affleck-helmed project “I’m Still Here: The Lost Year of Joaquin Phoenix.”
Ken Sunshine, a spokesman for Affleck, called White’s suit “a transparent pressure tactic by someone trying to get more than she’s entitled to.”
“For 15 months, she tried to use two different attorneys and an agent in a blatant grab for more money, and when each of her other tactics and new theories didn’t work, she concocted these desperate, fabricated claims,” Sunshine said.
Brian Procel, attorney for White, said there is no basis for forcing the case into arbitration because his client had never signed an arbitration agreement. “They’re making it up as they go,” he said. “We look forward to putting all the facts in front of a jury of 12 good people and letting them decide. We would prefer not to try the case in the press.”