Casey Affleck withdraws from presenting best actress award at Oscars

Affleck celebrated his Best Actor win for 'Manchester By the Sea&apos at th 89th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Image Getty

Casey Affleck has withdrawn from this year's Oscars ceremony, where, if the Academy chose to follow tradition, he would have presented the best actress award.

He would have been in line to present the best actress award if the Academy had followed tradition, under which the previous year's best actor victor would present the following year's award for best actress. That means Affleck would have been involved in a pivotal moment of the female winner's life...which, considering his past, is not exactly a great situation.

He denies the allegations, and the lawsuits were settled out of court.

Many wondered if there was a racially related double standard that would allow Affleck, despite past allegations, to go on to win the best actor award at the Oscars.

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While Affleck has indicated that "both sides" are legally prohibited from discussing the story, he told the Boston Globe a year ago: "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".

The line-up for presenters for the Oscars has yet to be announced.

Affleck notified the Academy that he will not attend or present this year, and sources say he did not want to be a distraction from the nominated actresses, Deadline reported. The specter of Affleck presenting would have created controversy. Then again, he could just be trying to avoid looking like an ass on national television. No one knows exactly how the film academy plans to handle this moment of reckoning during the ceremony on March 4, but, with Affleck stepping down, one of the biggest questions has been answered.

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