In one of the lawsuits against Affleck, a female colleague claimed she was "exposed to so much degradation and exhaustion that she vomited" over the actor's alleged behaviour on the movie set, reports The Sun.
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".
Casey Affleck has withdrawn from presenting the Best Actress Award at the upcoming Oscars, Deadline hears. Oscars tradition dictates that the previous year's best actor victor presents the Oscar to the following year's best actress recipient.
Later, she explained that the action "spoke for itself". Larson notably didn't clap for Affleck, who had settled two separate sexual harassment suits from two women who worked for him on the 201o quasi-documentary I'm Still Here.
Affleck has been dogged by allegations of inappropriate behavior towards women that has prompted criticism in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and #MeToo movement. The outlet's sources tell them Affleck "did not want to become a distraction from the focus that should be on the performances of the actresses in the category".
"He had his arm around her, was caressing her back, his face was within inches of hers and his breath reeked of alcohol". Affleck was not immediately available for comment.
Affleck's accusers, producer Amanda White and director of photography Magdalena Gorka, say they were harassed during the making of the mockumentary film I'm Still Here, which Affleck directed.
A rep for the actor confirmed to EW that Affleck will not be attending this year's event in March.