Casey Affleck Lawsuits Add to Strange Story of 'I'm Still Here'

He wasn't meant to be the star of "I'm Still Here," but a twist in the already strange story about the making of a strange movie has put Casey Affleck front and center.

Last month, two staffers from Affleck's upcoming documentary about Joaquin Phoenix filed lawsuits accusing the actor/director of sexual harassment. Cinematographer Magdalena Gorka and producer Amanda White claim Affleck repeatedly made derogatory comments towards them.

Their legal complaints detail specific greivances: Gorka claims Affleck groped her as she slept; White says Affleck violently grabbed her after she refused to sleep in the same hotel room as him.

Click HERE to read White's complaint. Click HERE to read Gorka's complaint.

While other female staffers have publicly defended the filmmaker in the wake of the lawsuits, Brian Procel, the lawyer for White and Gorka, told that his clients' allegations are just the tip of the iceberg in what he calls a mounting case against Affleck.

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"The documents and the witnesses in this case will support the truth," he said.

According to Procel, Affleck's attorneys tried to buy Gorka's silence after White filed a $2 million lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court on July 23. Gorka filed a $2.25 million lawsuit one week later, also in L.A. Superior Court.

"Ms. Gorka was told by Affleck's attorneys, just after the film was picked up for distribution by Magnolia, that she would not be paid her deferred compensation," Procel said. "A week or so later, after Ms. White filed her lawsuit, Ms. Gorka was again contacted by Affleck's attorneys and they offered to make her a settlement in an attempt to obtain her silence. I think it's pretty clear that they were afraid that she would also come forward with sexual harassment allegations."

Casey Affleck's Attorney: Cases Have No Merit

Affleck's attorney, Marty Singer, asserts White and Gorka's cases have no merit. He contends neither woman complained on set and questions the validity of their claims, arguing they were filed more than 15 months after the alleged incidents happened.

Wednesday, Singer filed arbitration claims before the American Arbitration Association accusing Gorka and White of breach of contract.

"These cases are totally frivolous and absurd," he told "Amanda White is an individual who tried to get more money while working on the film than Casey Affleck and Joaquin Phoenix. ... [Gorka] never complained about anything."

Singer said he believes that White is trying to extort money from Affleck and his production company, Flemmy Productions, and dragged Gorka into her plot for support. He also questioned their lawyer's credibility.

"These two cases are nothing but a lawyer trying to make a name for himself," he said. "We're planning to counter sue, we're going to bring claims against both of them in arbitration and we're considering bringing action against the attorney as well. We're not going to cave in."

Procel, meanwhile, maintains White "never demanded anything more than other producers have received on similar projects and what she was promised from the beginning." He added that White and Gorka waited to file their lawsuits because "this was not a decision that someone in their position takes lightly and it took months of deliberation to finally decide to come forward."

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