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Manchester By The Sea Director Kenneth Lonergan Defends Casey Affleck After College Journalist Slammed The Oscar Winner In Op-Ed

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Kenneth Lonergan

Kenneth Lonergan is running to Casey Affleck's defense.

As you know, the Oscar winner was met with quite a bit of criticism during awards season due to his past sexual harassment lawsuit — something that college student Connor Aberle from Wesleyan University (where Lonergan attended back in the '80s) was quick to point out in an op-ed for the school's paper, The Argus.

After catching wind of the assistant opinion editor's piece, the Hollywood director responded with his own two cents, slamming the student's "tangle of illogic, misinformation and flat-out slander."

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In the article entitled How Wesleyan is Complicit in Affleck's Sexual Misconduct by Endorsing Lonergan "'84," the sophomore student penned:

"Wesleyan University has an obligation to reject sexual violence of all kinds. Therefore, it cannot claim credit for Lonergan's success without also recognizing his role in promoting Casey Affleck's career. Wesleyan must either be cautious in its alumni praise, or it must admit to its students that it cares only about building the Wesleyan University brand rather than social justice or the well-being of the Wesleyan community."

Lonergan shot back at the argument with his own op-ed called How Connor Aberle and The Argus are Complicit in Slandering, in which he wrote:

"Connor Aberle's article about myself, Casey, Affleck and Wesleyan's supposed complicity in condoning sexual misconduct – and worse – by tauting 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-fueled sense of indignation."

He went on to point out that Ben Affleck's brother's civil suit was settled out of court — meaning the actor was never found guilty of a crime:

"He writes as if Casey Affleck were actually guilty of a crime. In fact, it was alleged 7 years ago, in a civil lawsuit for breach of contract, that Casey sexually harrased two women formerly in his employ. Casey denounced the allegations as being totally fabricated. Like most civil suits, this one was settled out of court by mutual consent on undisclosed terms. In other words nothing was proved or disproved. So how does Mr Aberle dare to write as if he knows who was telling the truth and who was not?"

The 54-year-old concluded:

"Somebody as interested in actual as opposed to merely vocalized social justice as Mr Aberle presumably is, should unwind his tangled, immoral chain of reasoning and start over at the fundamental precept that an allegation is not an indictment. Nor can it be treated as such by any ethical person living in a democratic society supposedly based on the rule of law. Anything less vigilant exemplifies a disjointed abuse of morals and reason which those of us on the Left like to imagine exists only on the Right. I wish it were so. But I do hope that Mr Aberle is capable of taking a much harder look at the merits of his own arguments before he decides to air his views in public again."

Wow.

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