Just hours after Ben Affleck condemned Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein for using his “position of power to intimidate, sexually harass and manipulate” women, actress Hilarie Burton came forward to accuse the “Batman” actor of groping her on the set of MTV’s “Total Request Live” when she was 21 years old.
Five days after the initial news broke of numerous sexual harassment allegations against Mr. Weinstein and after increased pressure from his Hollywood counterparts, Mr. Affleck finally issued a carefully worded statement saying he was “saddened and angry” to learn that a man he worked with so closely over the years was capable of such behavior.
Actress Rose McGowan, whose $100,000 sexual harassment settlement with Mr. Weinstein was revealed by The New York Times, said Mr. Affleck was lying and that he knew full well about Mr. Weinstein’s lewd behavior back when they co-starred in the 1998 film “Phantoms.”
@benaffleck “GODDAMNIT! I TOLD HIM TO STOP DOING THAT” you said that to my face. The press conf I was made to go to after assault. You lie.— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 10, 2017
The TV actress then tweeted a 2003 clip of “TRL” outtakes in which she said, “He comes over and tweaks my left boob,” apparently referring to Mr. Affleck. Later in the video, Mr. Affleck is shown asking her, “How old are you? 19?”
“Girls. I’m so impressed with you brave ones,” Ms. Burton wrote in the tweet. “I had to laugh back then so I wouldn’t cry. Sending love.”
Girls. I’m so impressed with you brave ones. I had to laugh back then so I wouldn’t cry. Sending love.
— Hilarie Burton (@HilarieBurton) October 11, 2017
“I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologize,” he wrote.
I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologize— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) October 11, 2017
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