It took “Justice League” actor Ben Affleck a considerable time to denounce controversial Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein — the alleged sexual predator who is also responsible for launching Affleck’s career with “Good Will Hunting.”
However, hours after Affleck publicly criticized Weinstein, Twitter users began pointing out how the actor allegedly cheated on his ex-wife Jennifer Garner with their kid’s nanny and how he once appeared to grope “One Tree Hill” star Hilarie Burton on MTV’s “TLR” back in 2003.
Burton quickly responded to the social media post.
He also grabbed Hilarie Burton's breasts on TRL once. Everyone forgot though.— Shanice Brim (@ShaniceBrim) October 10, 2017
Seriously, thank you for that. I was a kid.— Hilarie Burton (@HilarieBurton) October 11, 2017
The clip from the incident immediately went viral, prompting Affleck to release a brief apology.
I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologize— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) October 11, 2017
However, as it turns out, the inexcusable incident with Burton was not the only time Affleck allegedly tried to molest someone on camera.
Another recently resurfaced footage from 2004 shows the “Gone Girl” actor groping Canadian journalist Anne-Marie Losique while she was sitting on his lap during a press junket for the movie “Jersey Girl.”
“They would like it better if you did this show topless, the station, wouldn’t they?” Affleck told the reporter, who was working at Montreal’s entertainment news show “Box Office” at the time. “You usually show a lot more cleavage than this. What’s the story? Why are you covering it up today?”
During the same interview, the actor also used some lewd language and then made fun of disabled people.
“Don’t make me look like I am retarded! I look like I have cerebral palsy,” he said in a mock French accent. “That maybe offends. We cannot offend — only in America.”
Following Affleck’s apology to Burton, makeup artist Annamarie Tendler, who’s married to comedian John Mulaney, also sent out a tweet recalling a moment during the 2014 Golden Globes party when the actor allegedly “grabbed” her.
I would also love to get an apology from Ben Affleck who grabbed my ass at a Golden Globes party in 2014.— Annamarie Tendler (@amtendler) October 11, 2017
She wasn’t the only one, as it appears.
I was also at this party and *multiple* friends had this same exact experience. https://t.co/GlSIllKqAJ— Jen Statsky (@jenstatsky) October 11, 2017
That’s not it.
“Charmed” actress Rose McGowan, who is also one of Weinstein’s accusers, also slammed Affleck for feigning ignorance when it comes to the disgraced Hollywood producer’s alleged sexual assaults, claiming he knew the whole thing.
@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 culture of sexual harassment inside Hollywood is not a secret, but the abundance of such predators pretending to be the “nice guy” and silently supporting each other is certainly alarming.
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