Tuesday 25 July 2017

'It spoke for itself' - Brie Larson on why she refused to applaud Oscar winner Casey Affleck

US actor Casey Affleck (L) delivers a speech on stage next to actress Brie Larson (2ndR) after he won the Best Actor award in
US actor Casey Affleck (L) delivers a speech on stage next to actress Brie Larson (2ndR) after he won the Best Actor award in "Manchester By The Sea" at the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RALSTONMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
Brie Larson attends the European premiere of "Kong: Skull Island" at the Cineworld Empire Leicester Square on February 28, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
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Actress Brie Larson has said her refusal to applaud Casey Affleck after he won an Oscar "spoke for itself".

Larson presented Affleck with the Academy Award for best actor but she kept her arms by her side as he received a standing ovation from the audience.

It comes after Affleck was sued for sexual harassment by two women in 2010 before the lawsuits were settled out of court.

Larson, who won an Oscar in 2016 for her portrayal of a sexual assault victim in Room, told Vanity Fair: "I think that whatever it was that I did on stage kind of spoke for itself.

Brie Larson attends the European premiere of
Brie Larson attends the European premiere of "Kong: Skull Island" at the Cineworld Empire Leicester Square on February 28, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

"I've said all that I need to say about that topic."

Larson, who has been promoting her new movie Kong: Skull Island, also claimed she could not remember her time on stage at the Oscars this year.

She told US TV show Live With Kelly: "I am grateful it was televised because I have no memory of it."

Affleck has vehemently denied the sexual harassment claims which were alleged to have happened during the making of the 2010 film I'm Still Here.

He told the Boston Globe after his Oscar win: "I believe that any kind of mistreatment of anyone for any reason is unacceptable and abhorrent, and everyone deserves to be treated with respect in the workplace and anywhere else."

Affleck, (41), won the Oscar for his performance as a troubled janitor in Manchester By The Sea.

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