In response to Affleck's withdrawal, an Academy spokesperson issued a statement, saying, "We appreciate the decision to keep the focus on the show and the great work of this year".
The lawsuits began making headlines again around a year ago, in the run up to Affleck winning a best actor Oscar for his restrained, devastating performance in Kenneth Lonergan's family drama "Manchester by the Sea".
Affleck's publicist said Thursday that the actor would not be at the ceremony on March 4 where, traditionally, he would have been expected to present the award for best actress as the reigning best actor victor.
In the midst of the #MeToo movement and Time's Up, the allegations against Affleck have come under increased scrutiny. Two women who worked on the film filed sexual harassment lawsuits against him in 2010.
Casey Affleck has dropped out of the upcoming Academy Awards ceremony.
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Casey Affleck will not present the award for best actress at the 2018 Oscars ceremony, breaking tradition, according to a spokesman for the Oscars, who confirmed an earlier report from Deadline. No one knows exactly how the film academy plans to handle this moment of reckoning during the ceremony on March 4, but, with Affleck stepping down, one of the biggest questions has been answered.
"Casey Affleck poses backstage with his Best Male Lead award for 'Manchester by the Sea" at the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, California, U.S., February 25, 2017.
The tradition of one year's Best Actor victor presenting the following year's Best Actress Award - and vice-versa - has typically been followed but has been broken on some occasions.
Without Affleck, there's no telling who will present the award.