Olivia Munn slams Ben and Casey Affleck, saying brothers 'just keep going, hoping nobody finds out' in explosive #MeToo comments
Olivia Munn who is best known for her role in HBO's show 'The Newsroom' and the movie 'X-Men: Apocalypse' revealed that she believes redemption is possible for men who have been accused of sexual misconduct in the #MeToo era but it needs to be earned.
Munn was joined by her costars from 'The Rook' and discussed the impact of the #MeToo movement on the entertainment industry with Buzzfeed's AM2DM morning show. Munn shared on the show, "When most people mess up, we have to go to the back of the line and earn our way back up. But then, there are these certain men who, when they mess up they kind of go: 'Oops, sorry, my bad', and then just resume their place in line."
"Redemption is possible, but you've got to earn it just like everybody else," she continued. She also specifically mentioned Ben and Casey Affleck and said that the actor brothers "just keep going, hoping that nobody's going to find out".
In 2017, Ben had apologized for groping former 'One Tree Hill' actress Hilarie Burton on an episode of TRL. Later on, Rose McGowan also accused the actor of being aware of Harvey Weinstein's sexual misconduct and ignoring it.
Casey Affleck had to settle two lawsuits in 2010 after he was accused of sexually harassing some women on a film set. Munn then also mentioned director Quentin Tarantino whom she said had "admitted to abusive behaviors onset and also admitted to knowing what Harvey Weinstein was doing." She was referring to Tarantino's interview with the New York Times while the #MeToo movement was peaking in 2017. In response to being asked about the allegations against Weinstein, Tarantino said, "I knew enough to do more than I did."
He also admitted that he had choked Uma Thurman and Diane Kruger in his movies but claimed that they had consented to it and it was just for the camera.
According to Munn, the abusers should "go to the back of the line to make room for other great directors or writers or producers or actors. The thing is that, not that they’re not incredibly talented in their own right, but when you are given the opportunity to have any kind of power and you abuse that power, I believe you immediately lose all positioning and that you don’t get to have that power anymore."
She also shared that while many of the #MeToo cases surround men abusing women, sexual misconduct and abuse is not a "women's issue, it's an abuse of power issue." "It just so happens that people in positions of power are usually heterosexual men, so that’s why more women are victims, but it’s not about just women. It’s all of us together," she added.