Ben Affleck Says Harvey Weinstein Claims "Made Me Sick"
"I am saddened and angry that a man who I worked with used his position of power to intimidate, sexually harass and manipulate many women over decades."
Ben Affleck on Tuesday broke his silence on Harvey Weinstein following a bombshell New Yorker investigation in which the Miramax co-founder was accused of rape by three separate women.
Days before The New Yorker piece by Ronan Farrow, the New York Times rocked Hollywood with its own investigation into Weinstein, in which the movie mogul was accused of numerous cases of sexual harassment from multiple women, including actress Ashley Judd.
Weinstein has since been fired from his own company.
Affleck, who starred in numerous pictures under the Miramax moniker, such as Shakespeare in Love and Good Will Hunting, along with numerous Kevin Smith films, said he had to speak out.
"I am saddened and angry that a man who I worked with used his position of power to intimidate, sexually harass and manipulate many women over decades," the actor said. "The additional allegations of assault that I read this morning made me sick."
He continued, "This is completely unacceptable, and I find myself asking what I can do to make sure this doesn’t happen to others. 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's spokesperson responded to The New Yorker with this statement: "Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein. Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances."
Smith on Monday said he was "ashamed" a lion's share of his films were financed by Weinstein.
"He financed the first 14 years of my career — and now I know while I was profiting, others were in terrible pain. It makes me feel ashamed," Smith wrote on Twitter in a reply to a fan who asked him how he felt about Weinstein's hard fall from grace following The Times' piece.
Smith, a writer, director and Silent Bob actor, did multiple films under the Miramax moniker, including both Clerks films, Mall Rats, Chasing Amy and Dogma.