Actor Casey Affleck has apologised for the “unprofessional environment” on the set of his 2010 film I’m Still Here.

The Oscar winner was sued by two female crew members who accused him of sexual harassment while working on the mockumentary film, which he directed.

Affleck denied the allegations and the lawsuits were settled out of court. Affleck was also a producer on I’m Still Here, in which actor Joaquin Phoenix was seen pretending to launch a musical alter-ego.

He said that meant “the buck had to stop” with him and that he had “to accept responsibility” for what took place on the set.

Affleck’s accusers, producer Amanda White and director of photography Magdalena Gorka, alleged that they were repeatedly subjected to sexual innuendoes and unwanted advances.

Affleck, the younger brother of Hollywood star Ben Affleck, also said that turning down a presenting role at this year’s Oscars had been “the right thing to do”. Having won the best actor award in 2017 for Manchester by the Sea, the 42-year-old had been expected to appear at this year’s ceremony to present the best actress prize.

Following his withdrawal, the statuette was instead presented to Frances McDormand by Jennifer Lawrence and Jodie Foster.

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