Ben Affleck spoke out against Harvey Weinstein this week, stating on Facebook that he is "saddened and angry" at the "completely unacceptable" allegations of assault and harassment against the producer. Within hours, Affleck himself was accused of inappropriate behavior.
In his post, Ben said: "We need to do better at protecting our sisters, friends, co-workers and daughters.” A Twitter user said: ”Ben Affleck should’ve just kept quiet. Clearly he wasn’t thinking about his daughters when he left them to gallivant with their nanny." Another person tweeted:”He also grabbed Hilarie Burton's breasts on TRL once. Everyone forgot though.”
Hilarie Burton herself then joined in and tweeted: "I didn't forget.” She hosted "Total Request Live" on MTV, and also tweeted an old clip in which she says, "He comes over and tweaks my left boob.” Later in the clip, Affleck says to her, "How old are you—19?"=
Ben tweeted, "I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologize.”
Rose McGowan, one of the actresses accusing Weinstein, also reacted to Affleck's statement by simply telling him to "f--- off." She accused Affleck of knowing all about Weinstein's problems. She said: "'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." She says Affleck was aware of Weinstein's treatment of her, and of lying on Tuesday when he claimed he had no idea what Weinstein had been accused of.
Footage has resurfaced on social media showing a disastrous 2004 interview with Affleck.
In an interview to promote his film Jersey Girl, Ben and Canadian TV presenter Anne-Marie Losique embraced each other. Ben asked, “They would like the show better if you did it topless, wouldn’t they? You usually show a lot more cleavage than this, what’s the story?” She responded: “It’s Sunday morning.” Ben says: “That never stopped you before, from getting them t**ties out. Who you trying to fool, Sunday morning? You should be in church with that rack on display.” Then Ben compliments the host on her “firm breasts”.
But the Canadian TV personality is defending Ben Affleck‘s conduct. She told The Hollywood Reporter that the actor “never touched me in any improper way.”
She said: “It has been blown out of proportion. I know that people like fishing for anything, but this is completely out of context. I would like this to not have any negative impact on him. I find it sad.” She explained: “This was for the camera. You have to understand that we have done dozens and dozens of interviews like that. It was for a show I was producing, so I was not at all a victim. When the cameras rolled, we would start to do that game. As soon as it stopped rolling, there was none of that. He never touched me in any improper way. He was very respectful, I must say.” Apparently, there were 20 people in the room when the interview was taped and Affleck knew it would air publicly.
And THEN, makeup artist Annamarie Tendler released several tweets, calling out Ben for grabbing her backside. She tweeted:“I would also love to get an apology from Ben Affleck who grabbed my ass at a Golden Globes party in 2014.” “He walked by me, cupped my butt and pressed his finger into my crack.” “I guess he tried to play it like he was politely moving me out of the way and oops touched my butt instead of my lower back?”“Like most women in these situations I didn't say anything but I have thought a lot about what I'd say if I ever saw him again.”
Source: Newser, People, Hollywood Reporter, Twitter