Magazine article Screen International

Kenneth Lonergan Defends Casey Affleck in Student Newspaper

Magazine article Screen International

Kenneth Lonergan Defends Casey Affleck in Student Newspaper

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Kenneth Lonergan has written a forceful defence of Manchester By The Sea star Casey Affleck in a letter to the Wesleyan University student paper.

The director, a former student of the college, was responding to an article in The Wesleyan Argus by Connor Aberle attacking Affleck over allegations of sexual harassment, Lonergan for casting him and the college for praising the director/writer for his Oscar win.

Lonergan responded with a strongly-worded letter entitled 'How Connor Aberle and The Argus are Complicit in Slandering Casey Affleck'. He wrote:

"Connor Aberle's article about myself, Casey, Affleck and Wesleyan's supposed complicity in condoning sexual misconduct - and worse - by touting me as a Wesleyan alumn after I won an Oscar last week is such a tangle of illogic, misinformation and flat-out slander that only the author's presumed youth can possibly excuse his deeply offensive display of ignorance, and warped PC-fuelled sense of indignation. …

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