Kenneth Lonergan is standing up for his star.
In a letter to the editor of his alma mater Wesleyan University's newspaper, The Wesleyan Argus, the Manchester by the Sea director penned a passionate response to a student's recent op-ed.
Connor Aberle, an assistant opinion editor for the paper and a member of the university's class of 2019, wrote a piece claiming the university was "complicit" in Casey Affleck's success by "endorsing" his director. In the school's praising of Lonergan and his Oscar win for Best Original Screenplay, Aberle argued the school should also acknowledge his relationship with the film's main actor, Affleck, who was accused of sexual harassment by two I'm Still Here co-workers in 2010 lawsuits. The actor vehemently denied the claims and the lawsuits were ultimately settled.