Second Woman Accuses Casey Affleck of Sex Harass

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    A second woman accused Casey Affleck of repeatedly making unwanted sexual advances while he was the director of a documentary about his brother-in-law, Joaquin Phoenix.

    Magdalena Gorka, who worked as a camera operator on the film "I'm Still Here, the Lost Year of Joaquin Phoenix," is suing actor/film maker Casey Affleck for $2.25 million in Los Angeles County, the Hollywood Reporter wrote.  In her lawsuit, Gorka desribed a pattern of sexual harassment, which she claimed caused her to eventually walk off of the project.

    Gorka claimed on one occassion, a pantless Affleck climbed into bed with her while she was sleeping.  Gorka said she awoke to feel Affleck caressing her back, his breath smelling like alcohol.

    According to the lawsuit, on a different occasion, Casey Affleck propositioned Gorka for sex, which she said she declined.  When asked why, Gorka said she replied, "because you are married and because you are my boss."  Casey Affleck married Summer Phoenix, Joaquin's sister, in 2006.

    The documentary followed the "Gladiator" star Joaquin Phoenix as he tried to reinvent himself as a hip hop artist.

    Last week, Amanda White, a producer on the same project, also filed a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment.  In her complaint, White alleged that Casey Affleck hired dozens of stippers and transvestites and had them occupy White's hotel room.

    Affleck's attorneys responded to news of the lawsuit with a vow to countersue.

    Brian Procel, attorney for Magdalena Gorka, said, "Ms. Gorka knows there will be repercussions, and that she will be exposed to attacks mounted by Affleck's high-paid publicists and 'bulldog' attorneys," according to the Hollywood Reporter.

    "She ultimately decided that the truth needs to come out," Procel said.  "We look forward to our day in court."