AceShowbiz - Armie Hammer has issued an apology to Casey Affleck for calling out the Oscar-winning actor over what he perceived to be a "double standard" over misconduct in the entertainment industry. The "Call Me by Your Name" actor initially made the comments in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
In the November 20 interview, Hammer called out Affleck for his alleged sexual harassment of two female crewmembers on the set of "I'm Still Here" in 2010. Hammer pointed out that Affleck still managed to win an Oscar for "Manchester by the Sea" this year despite the allegations, while Nate Parker, who directed "The Birth of a Nation" co-starring Hammer, was in "directors jail" due to a past sexual assault case.
On Friday, December 8, Hammer issued a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, saying that he "misspoke" and "conflated" sexual harassment and sexual assault. "I would like to sincerely apologize to Casey and his family for my recent comments about him in my THR interview," he said, explaining that "without knowing the facts about the civil lawsuits at issue (which I now understand were settled), I misspoke. I conflated sexual harassment cases with a criminal case involving sexual assault charges."
Drawing a distinction between Affleck and Parker, Hammer said, "The cases in which Casey was involved were not criminal and instead involved civil claims from his 2010 movie 'I'm Still Here'." He continued, "While intending to make a social comment about double standards in general, I mistakenly compared reports of prior, public civil allegations that never proceeded to trial with a criminal case that was fully tried. I understand now that this was a poor comparison, which I deeply regret making."
In the THR interview, Hammer also suggested he knew who was behind the resurfacing of Parker's college rape accusations, saying that the timing of the headlines "was orchestrated for sure." He said, "There was another person in the industry, who had a competing film for the Academy Awards, who decided to release all of the phone records and information. I've been told who did it -- by several people."
"[Parker] had one incident -- which was heinous and atrocious -- but his entire life is affected in the worst possible way," Hammer continued. "And the other guy won the highest award you can get as an actor. It just doesn't make sense."
In his new statement, Hammer clarified he wasn't pointing the finger at Affleck or his reps. "I also didn't mean to insinuate, nor do I believe, that Casey or anyone from his camp had anything to do with leaked information that took place during the press for 'Birth of a Nation'," he said.
"I respect Casey's work, and I've learned a valuable lesson about the need to be more accurate with disseminating information, especially in this age of instantaneous, unchecked communication," he concluded. "While attempting to be part of the solution, I unintentionally made myself part of the problem, for which I am truly sorry."