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UPDATE: Ben Affleck on Wednesday apologized to Hilarie Burton for his actions. “I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologize,” he wrote in a tweet.
In the wake of a week of bombshell reporting by The New York Times and The New Yorker on decades of allegations of sexual harassment and assault by the movie executive Harvey Weinstein, many in Hollywood who associated with Weinstein are distancing themselves from him.
On Tuesday, Ben Affleck – who launched his career at the Weinstein-owned Miramax when he won an Oscar for writing the script for 1997’s “Good Will Hunting” with Matt Damon, who starred in the movie with him – released a statement saying Weinstein’s alleged behavior “made me sick” and was “completely unacceptable.”
However, soon after, social-media users chimed in to say Affleck’s comments were hypocritical.
One person tweeted that Affleck once groped the MTV VJ and “One Tree Hill” star Hilarie Burton in 2003, when she was 21. Burton replied, “I didn’t forget.”
Here’s the exchange:
I didn't forget.
— Hilarie Burton (@HilarieBurton) October 10, 2017
Burton added in another tweet: “I had to laugh back then so I wouldn’t cry.” She included clip looking back on MTV’s “TRL,” which she hosted, that included a brief snippet of her talking about being groped by Affleck.
Burton says in an extended video that Affleck got up from an interview with her, went over to her, and touched her breast while hugging her.
“He wraps his arm around me and comes over and tweaks my left boob,” Burton says in the video while a clip showing the interaction plays. In the moments after the interaction, Burton says, “Yeah, he pulled that move for sure,” to which Affleck replies, “That’s his move, yeah.”
Though in the video discussing the interaction Burton tries to play it off as a funny moment, she says: “Some girls like a good tweakage here and there – um, I’d rather have a high-five.”
Here’s the video:
Rose McGowan, who reportedly reached a $100,000 settlement with Weinstein in 1997 after what The Times described as an “episode in a hotel room during the Sundance Film Festival,” also used Twitter to voice her displeasure with Affleck, saying she knew he was aware of Weinstein’s behavior.
@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
On Wednesday, Affleck apologized to Burton via Twitter:
I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologize
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) October 11, 2017