Mr. Affleck has not responded to Ms. McGowanâs tweet. He did not respond to requests for further comment.
The Times emailed Ms. McGowan to confirm that she was asserting that Mr. Affleck knew about Mr. Weinsteinâs mistreatment of her because she had told him, and that she was accusing Mr. Affleck of lying because his statement did not acknowledge awareness of Mr. Weinsteinâs behavior.
âI am saying exactly that,â she replied to The Times. She wrote nothing further.
Mr. Affleck had been one of many Hollywood allies of Mr. Weinstein who remained silent following a Times report on Thursday about three decades of allegations of sexual misconduct by Mr. Weinstein and at least eight settlements with women. On Tuesday, The Times reported additional accusations by actresses including Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie, and The New Yorker published harrowing accounts of women who told of being raped by Mr. Weinstein.
Mr. Weinstein has denied the sexual assault accusations as described in The New Yorker and he has characterized other allegations as âoff base.â But he has also apologized for âthe way Iâve behaved with colleagues in the past.â
Mr. Affleck, in his statement posted to Twitter Tuesday, wrote that he was âsaddened and angryâ and that new reports of more serious assaults â which include accounts of forced oral sex â âmade me sick.â But he did not say whether he knew anything about Mr. Weinsteinâs treatment of women. Other actors, like Meryl Streep and Judi Dench, said they were unaware of the accusations, and Glenn Close said she had heard âvague rumors.â
In 1997, Mr. Weinstein reached a…