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Ben Affleck has come to the defense of an addiction recovery center founder who has been accused of sexual misconduct.
Noah Levine, the founder of Refuge Recovery and the same center where Affleck treated his alcoholism last year, was ousted from the organization after he was accused of sexual misconduct last year, according to The Blast.
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Levine says an anonymous woman filed a police report against him, though no charges were ever filed.
Levine has since been sued by the organization for trademark-related issues, and Affleck filed a declaration in defense of him as part of the lawsuit.
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Levine has denied the allegations of sexual misconduct, according to Tricycle.
Affleck sought treatment at Buddhist-inspired recovery center last year and, in his declaration, credited Levine with turning his life around.
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'Working with Noah and his Refuge Recovery program has, quite literally, turned my life around,' Affleck said in his declaration.
'Today I am sober, happy, healthy and have custody of my three children. All of those things are a result of having Noah in my life. I don't know what I would have done without him.'
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'I am deeply grateful to Noah and his Refuge Recovery program for the instrumental role they played in getting me to this place. Noah's patient instruction in sobriety, Buddhism, patience, kindness, compassion and forgiveness form the bedrock of the foundation of my life today. I owe him for my professional life today, the life I have with my children, and the inner sense of equanimity I am actually able to reach from time to time!'
Affleck characterized Levine as 'without a doubt the person with the most integrity, the most honor, the most genuine compassion and the least motivated by self-interest I have ever known.'
'Truly I could go on and on about Noah. In...
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