07/26/2010 // WPB, FL, USA // Nicole Howley // Nicole Howley
Los Angeles, CA—Actor Casey Affleck has been slapped with a sexual harassment suit by a female producer of “I’m Still Here: The Lost Year of Joaquin Phoenix.” The $2 million lawsuit was filed on Friday, July 23, 2010 in the Los Angeles Superior Court, reports ABC News.
Amanda White, a producer of the upcoming Joaquin Phoenix documentary, claims she was “forced to endure debauched behavior during production of ‘I’m still Here,’ including ‘uninvited and unwelcome sexual advances in the workplace’ and a impromptu shoot in a Las Vegas hotel room filled with hookers and transvestites.”
The lawsuit, which names Casey Affleck and production company Flemmy Prods, is seeking an upwards of $2 million in damages after Ms. White was denied pay when she refused to spend the night in hotel room with Affleck. Ms. White further claims that Affleck behaved inappropriately while directing the documentary, including “uninvited and unwelcome sexual advances in the workplace.”
Affleck’s attorney’s refute the claims by stating, “The allegations brought upon our clients are preposterous and without merit. Ms. White was terminated from the production over a year ago. She and her lawyers believe that this maliciously and erroneously filed complaint will cause the producers to succumb to her outrageous and baseless demands. She is mistaken. The complaint will be vigorously defended and cross-claims will be filed against her.”
Affleck plans to file cross-claims against White.
Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for California sexual harassment lawyers.