Taking a cue from former collaborator Kevin Smith, Justice League star Ben Affleck announced that he’ll donate all his future earnings from his Miramax and Weinstein Company films.
The move follows accusations of sexual abuse made by more than 70 women against high-powered producer Harvey Weinstein, co-founder of Miramax and The Weinstein Company. The allegations of sexual harassment, sexual abuse and rape led to Weinstein’s firing from The Weinstein Company and expulsion from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Weinstein has denied his involvement in any “non-consensual sex,” but at least six complaints are the subject of criminal investigations.
Shortly after the first accusations came to light last month, Smith, who directed seven films produced by Weinstein, announced he’ll donate all future profits from those projects to the nonprofit Women in Film. Now, during a press junket for Justice League, Affleck revealed he’ll follow suit.
““It’s funny you mention that, because once Kevin suggested that, I decided to do the same thing,” he told Fox 5 DC, “so I’m giving any further residuals that I get from either a Miramax or a Weinstein movie will go either to FI or to RAINN. One is Film Independent and the other is a women’s organization, and I just didn’t want to cash any more checks from the guy, you know?”
Film Independent promotes independent filmmaking, and RAIN is the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization.
“It was Kevin’s idea, and I hope it catches on,” Affleck continued. “Some people probably couldn’t afford to give all their residuals away, but even if you’re doing 10 percent, that’s something.”
Affleck can next be seen as Batman in Warner Bros.’ Justice League, which opens Nov. 17.
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