Affleck’s publicist said Thursday that the actor would not attend the March 4 ceremony where, traditionally, he would have been expected to present the award for best actress as the reigning best actor winner.
Affleck won the Best Actor Oscar last year for his performance in Manchester By the Sea.
A film academy spokesperson said they “appreciate the decision to keep the focus on the show and on the great work of this year.”
Affleck faced sexual harassment allegations by two female crew members in 2010 in two public civil suits during the production of the mockumentary I’m Still Here. The suits were settled for undisclosed sums and Affleck has said that the terms of the settlement prevent him from discussing the matter.
While the lawsuits were covered in the press at the time, the allegations gained additional attention ahead of the release of Manchester by the Sea. Actress Brie Larson famously did not clap when presenting Affleck with the award at the 2017 ceremony.
Many people took to Twitter to remind others of Larson’s decision to not clap for Affleck at last year’s ceremony.
Time to bring back that gif of Brie Larson not clapping for Casey Affleck when he won the Oscar. pic.twitter.com/yYWW6Btob8
— nellawafer (@panhalfrican) January 25, 2018
— Emmy Bengtson (@EmmyA2) January 25, 2018
— The Anti Room (@antiroom) January 26, 2018
Others celebrated the news that he won’t be in attendance this year.
Casey Affleck no longer presenting at the Oscars.
— Courtney Howard (@Lulamaybelle) January 25, 2018
CASEY AFFLECK WITHDREW FROM PRESENTING BEST ACTRESS AWARD AT THE OSCARS!!!! pic.twitter.com/TZzG5jz2Yb
— McLivin (@OliviaNorwood) January 25, 2018
Casey Affleck has chosen not to present this year’s Academy Award for Best Actress.
Can’t imagine why… pic.twitter.com/47AhXOojQc
— Hazel Hayes (@TheHazelHayes) January 25, 2018
Reason why Casey Affleck pulled out of presenting Best Actress at #Oscars:
to avoid this pic.twitter.com/l1mN11vla2
— Krojačica Sudbine ♔ (@MonaLisa1797) January 25, 2018
Casey Affleck needs to give that Oscar he won last year back, too. pic.twitter.com/Y9U7sLaSAv
— RiotGrl✨ (@ErinLea7) January 25, 2018
It's like pop culture slapped Casey Affleck with a restraining order https://t.co/bEAHgvVcRw
— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) January 25, 2018
In an interview with the Boston Globe after winning the Oscar last year, Affleck said: “I believe that any kind of mistreatment of anyone for any reason is unacceptable and abhorrent, and everyone deserves to be treated with respect in the workplace and anywhere else.”
Affleck’s absence from this year’s Oscars ceremony follows the emergence of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, which began after many sexual assault allegations were levelled against Harvey Weinstein in October.
—With files from the Associated Press