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Although Ben Affleck's younger brother, Casey Affleck, has been named in some serious sexual harassment allegations (the young director, 34, is being sued by two women he worked with on his documentary about Joaquin Phoenix), he's not without vocal supporters.
Last week, Affleck was sued for $2 million by one of the film's producers, Amanda White, who claims he "became hostile and aggressive" and sent "abusive" texts after she rebuffed his advances, and then refused to pay her. She also claims that Affleck called female cohorts "cows" and hired prostitutes. According to the New York Post, White also says she was required to work on "an impromptu shoot in a Las Vegas hotel room filled with hookers and transvestites."
Meanwhile, cinematographer Magdalena Gorka is also suing Affleck for $2.5 million, accusing the actor-director of getting into bed with her in an apartment in New York, and fondling her while she slept.
But now, two other women who worked on the film (which chronicles the bizarre offstage persona/possible hoax of Affleck's brother-in-law, Phoenix) are speaking out to say that the father of two was nothing but professional on the production he helmed.
The film's associate producer, Nicole Acacio, told the Post, "I got to know both Amanda and Magdalena to some degree. I never saw anything out of the ordinary either on or off set, and certainly nothing like what they described in their suits. I was in Las Vegas at that shoot, and I never saw anything like that happen. Casey's wife (Summer Phoenix) and his children were in town with him. Casey is a great guy, and it's clear that he's a very warm, family-centric person. The real Casey isn't the one who was described in these suits. Nothing I've ever witnessed would lead me to think he could ever do anything like that."
Another woman who worked on the film (who asked to remain nameless) added, "These lawsuits are contrary to everything that I personally know about Casey."
Affleck's lawyer, Marty Singer, reportedly plans for his client to countersue White and Gorka and said, "Both claims are total fiction." On the other hand, Brian Procel, the lawyer representing both women, calls threats of a countersuit "an intimidation tactic by Casey Affleck's team."
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