Ben Affleck ADMITS to Groping Hilarie Burton on ‘TRL,’ Apologizes (UPDATE)
UPDATE (10/11/17 at 2:27 p.m. ET):
Just hours after it was claimed that Ben Affleck groped actress Hilarie Burton while she was a host on TRL, the actor admitted the shameful act.
Ben was forced to apologize on Twitter today after a fan of the One Tree Hill alum brought up the decade-old incident.
It came amidst the firestorm of sexual abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein.
"I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologize," he wrote.
I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologizeBen Affleck (@BenAffleck) October 11, 2017
Despite his apology, many people were quick to condemn him further.
Its not over for her, its never gonna be over for her, his actions are probably gonna stick with her forever so yeahtish loves caity (@clexaureguis) October 11, 2017
Read on for more on the incident.
Original Story (10/11/17 at 11:29 a.m. ET):
Just a few hours after Ben Affleck denounced the sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein, actress Hilarie Burton is accusing the actor of groping her.
The former One Tree Hill star revealed the Good Will Hunting actor grabbed her boob while she was a host of MTV’s TRL many years ago.
A fan brought this to the mother of one’s attention on Twitter and she did not hold back when addressing the incident.
The Twitter user wrote on Tuesday, October 10, “He [Ben] also grabbed Hilarie Burton's breasts on TRL once. Everyone forgot though.”
He also grabbed Hilarie Burton's breasts on TRL once. Everyone forgot though.Shanice Brim (@ShaniceBrim) October 10, 2017
The White Collar actress replied to the tweet and thanked the fan for acknowledging the incident.
“I didn’t forget,” the 35-year-old wrote back.
I didn't forget.Hilarie Burton (@HilarieBurton) October 10, 2017
“I’m so sorry that happened to you. It’s infuriating that people never bring up all the gross, predatory things he’s done,” the fan responded.
“Seriously, thank you for that. I was a kid,” Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s wife shared.
Seriously, thank you for that. I was a kid.Hilarie Burton (@HilarieBurton) October 11, 2017
She then shared a clip of TRL outtakes in which she describes the moment with the father of three.
“He comes over and tweaks my left boob,” she said, then revealed he asked her, “How old are you — 19?”
Along with the clip, Hilarie shared her support for the women speaking out against Harvey.
“Girls. I’m so impressed with you brave ones,” she said.
https://t.co/wh2MpJVQzlHilarie Burton (@HilarieBurton) October 11, 2017
Girls. I'm so impressed with you brave ones. I had to laugh back then so I wouldn't cry. Sending love.
“I had to laugh back then so I wouldn’t cry. Sending love.”
The Argo star, who got his start in Hollywood thanks to Harvey, finally spoke out against the film producer.
"I am saddened and angry that a man who I worked with used his position of power to intimidate, sexually harass and manipulate many women over decades," he said in a statement on Tuesday, October 10.
"The additional allegations of assault that I read this morning made me sick.”
He continued, “This is completely unacceptable, and I find myself asking what I can do to make sure this doesn't happen to others.”
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