Oscar-winning actor Casey Affleck has pulled out of this year’s Academy Awards, his publicist has confirmed.
By tradition, Affleck – who won Best Actor for Manchester By The Sea in 2017 – would have been expected to present the best actress award this year.
The actor, brother of Hollywood star Ben Affleck, was sued by two female crew members for alleged sexual harassment in 2010.
His accusers say they were harassed during the making of the mockumentary film I’m Still Here, which Affleck directed.
The claims against Affleck had received renewed attention in the months since allegations of sexual abuse were levelled against US movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.
Those claims sparked the rise of the #MeToo hashtag, which inspired a global movement of women and men to share their stories of sexual abuse and harassment.
More than 300 actresses, writers and directors responded by launching Times Up – a project to help fight sexual harassment in the film industry and other workplaces.
The initiative was announced via a full-page ad printed in the New York Times.
The 2018 Oscars will take place on 4 March in Los Angeles.