Ben Affleck says the storm of sexual harassment allegations engulfing Hollywood has led him to examine his own behavior.
In an interview Sunday with The Associated Press for Justice League, Affleck said he’s “looking at my own behavior and addressing that and making sure I’m part of the solution.”
After condemning Harvey Weinstein’s actions last month, Affleck was forced to defend his own conduct. He apologized for groping actress Hilarie Burton on camera in 2003 when she was a host on MTV’s Total Request Live. Another video from 2004 showed Affleck pulling Montreal TV host Anne-Marie Losique onto his lap.
Speaking Sunday, Affleck said two things need to happen: that “more women need to be pushed to power” and that sexual harassment has to also be “a men’s issue,” where guys call out inappropriate behavior.
During at interview with Fox 5 DC, Affleck took his mea culpa a step further, saying he would donate the residuals from his Weinstein-backed features to RAINN, an anti-sexual assault organization, or to Film Independent. Affleck won his first Oscar thanks in part to the movie mogul, who backed his feature Good Will Hunting.
“I just didn’t want to cash any more checks from the guy, you know?” the actor said during the interview.
Affleck added that he was inspired by director Kevin Smith’s decision to donate the residuals from his Weinstein-produced features, which include the Affleck-starrers Chasing Amy and Dogma, to the nonprofit Women in Film.
He continued: “It was Kevin’s idea, and I thought it was a good one, and I hope it catches on. Some people probably couldn’t afford to give all their residuals away, but even if you do 10 percent, that’s something.”