Casey Affleck hit with another sexual harassment lawsuit
Los Angeles: A second woman has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Casey Affleck, alleging the star climbed into bed with her and groped her while she slept.
Cinematographer Magdalena Gorka filed a USD 2.25 million lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging Ben Affleck`s brother harassed her during work on his documentary `I`m Still Here`, which follows Joaquin Phoenix`s attempts to launch a rap career, The Hollywood Reporter said.
Gorka claims she was forced to leave the project without proper pay or a production credit after Affleck "crawled" into her bed at Phoenix`s New York apartment, where they were staying during the shoot in December last year.
The legal papers state, "During the middle of the night, (Gorka) awoke to find Affleck lying in the bed next to her. Unknown to (Gorka), Affleck had entered the bedroom while she was asleep and crawled into the bed. When she woke up, Affleck was curled up next to her in the bed wearing only his underwear and a t-shirt. He had his arm around her, was caressing her back, his face was within inches of hers and his breath reeked of alcohol."
Gorka alleges she ordered the film star out of her bed and confronted him the morning after the incident before flying to Los Angeles and subsequently leaving the documentary.
She later rejoined the project after another female worker was employed but she claims the shoot with Affleck was still problematic.
The documents state, "(Gorka) was berated and verbally attacked by Affleck after she refused his sexual advances in New York, and was criticised constantly for refusing to be submissive in response to his rants and derisive comments."
Gorka then left the shoot altogether but claims she has been left out of pocket and been stripped of her Director of Photography credit.
The lawsuit comes a week after Affleck was sued for USD 2 million by producer Amanda White, who claims he sexually harassed her during the filming of the same documentary.