Casey Affleck withdraws as presenter of best actress Oscar

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If Affleck were to participate in this year's ceremony, his presence could be problematic.

Affleck, 42, who won the best actor Oscar last year for his performance in the family drama "Manchester by the Sea", was expected to present this year's best actress award in keeping with Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tradition.

Affleck, the younger brother of actor and director Ben Affleck, topped challenges from Denzel Washington and Ryan Gosling to win the 2017 award. have contacted reps for Casey Affleck for comment. The actor says he will not be presenting at the upcoming Oscars.

He ultimately settled civil cases over the sexual harassment allegations, but the allegations have frequently resurfaced - including during last year's awards season.

But amid the current #MeToo movement, some had already begun to criticize the possibility that Affleck could participate in this year's Oscar show. Although it's tradition that the previous year's Best Actor victor present the statue to the current year's Best Actress victor, sources told Deadline that Affleck decided his presence wouldn't be appropriate in the wake of the #TimesUp movement dominating the red carpet discussion. "I was hurt and upset - I am sure all were - but I am over it", he told The New York Times past year.

"There's really nothing I can do about it", he added, "other than live my life the way I know I live it and to speak to what my own values are and how I try to live by them all the time". "I think that whatever it was that I did onstage kind of spoke for itself", she told Vanity Fair in the days that followed.