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Brie Larson’s refusal to clap for Casey Affleck when he won Best Actor at the Oscars– speculated to be in response to sexual assault claims made against him – was one of the most talked about moments at last month’s awards ceremony.


Now the Room actress and Oscar winner has commented on the controversial moment, although it’s what she didn’t say that speaks volumes.

Appearing on American morning show Live With Kelly on Thursday to promote her new film Kong: Skull Island, Brie was asked by co-host Christian Slater if she had an “out of body experience” presenting at the Oscars.

“I am grateful it was televised because I have no memory of it,” Larson replied firmly, smiling tightly and widening her eyes at the hosts in a silent indication that she did sincerely not want to talk about it. Hosts Kelly Ripa and Slater appeared to get the message, moving on to the moment Brie shared with friend Emma Stone after she won Best Actress for La La Land.

You can see the moment below at the 20 minute mark.

In an interview with Vanity Fair also published Thursday, the 27-year-old was willing to elaborate a little more, explaining that she had indeed wanted to make a statement.

“I think that whatever it was that I did onstage kind of spoke for itself,” she said. “I’ve said all that I need to say about that topic.”


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An advocate for survivors of sexual assault, and having played a woman who was repeatedly raped by her kidnapper in Room Larson – who also had to present Affleck with a Golden Globe just last month – was obviously disappointed that Casey received accolades for his role as a reclusive janitor in Manchester By The Sea despite the claims about his behaviour toward women remaining, in some eyes, unresolved.

Sexual assault allegations against the star, which stem from two lawsuits filed against him in 2010 by women that worked with him on I’m Still Here, returned to the spotlight following his Oscar nomination for the Kenneth Lonergan-directed drama. At the time Affleck denied the claims, which involve accusations of sexual harassment including unwelcome physical advances, and settled out of court, a decision which made some question why he didn’t go the legal route if he had nothing to hide.

Asked about the controversy by the Boston Globe recently, Casey said:

“I believe that any kind of mistreatment of anyone for any reason is unacceptable and abhorrent, and everyone deserves to be treated with respect in the workplace and anywhere else.

“There’s really nothing I can do about it. Other than live my life the way I know I live it and to speak to what my own values are and how I try to live by them all the time.”