In a statement posted on both Facebook and Twitter, Affleck said the news about Weinstein has left him “saddened and angry” and that the “additional allegations of assault … made me sick.” The New Yorker published an expose early Tuesday morning detailing instances where Weinstein explicitly raped women by forcibly performing or receiving oral sex, and forcing vaginal sex.
“This is completely unacceptable, and I find myself asking what I can do to make sure this doesn’t happen to others,” Affleck said. “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 backed several of Affleck’s films, including “Good Will Hunting,” “Reindeer Games,” and “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.”
Weinstein has been accused of decades of sexual harassment and abuse toward women, including asking a writer to “jump in the bath” with him, and trapping a journalist in a hallway to masturbate in front of her. He’s reported to have settled at least eight cases. His list of victims includes dozens of current and former employees, and other figures in the entertainment industry. On Sunday, Weinstein was forced out of the Weinstein Company, which he founded with his brother Bob in 2005.