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Ben Affleck Apologizes After He Slams Harvey Weinstein and Then Gets Reminded of His Own Misconduct


The ‘Justice League’ actor admits to acting inappropriately towards former MTV host Hilarie Burton more than a decade after he groped her on TV.

Ben Affleck abandoned Harvey Weinstein’s sinking boat and condemned the movie mogul in the wake of sexual harassment allegations faced by the embattled producer. However, Instead of getting applauded, the “Justice League” actor was called out for being a hypocrite.

Affleck was reminded by the internet of his own misconduct. “He also grabbed Hilarie Burton’s breasts on TRL once. Everyone forgot though,” a Twitter user wrote. Burton quickly replied, “I didn’t forget.” The former MTV host added, “Seriously, thank you for that. I was a kid.” She also gave shout-outs to the women who helped expose Weinstein as a serial sexual predator, “Girls. I’m so impressed with you brave ones. I had to laugh back then so I wouldn’t cry. Sending love.”

An old video from Affleck’s 2003 interview on MTV’s “Total Request Live” resurfaced. It showed the actor getting up from his chair and hugged VJ Burton. It seemed there was nothing wrong with his gesture, but she shrieked when he wrapped his arm around her and said, “It’s so nice to see you.”

In a confessional video later, the “One Tree Hill” alum revealed what actually happened. “He wraps his arm around me and he comes over and tweaks my left boob!” she opened up. In another video, she said, “Girls like a good like a tweakage here and there…I’d rather have a high-five.”

The new Batman of DC universe took it to Twitter to express his regret. “I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologize,” so the father of three wrote.

Ben Affleck previously denounced Harvey Weinstein in a Facebook post. “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 wrote.

“The additional allegations of assault that I read this morning made me sick. This is completely unacceptable, and I find myself asking what I can do to make sure this doesn’t happen to others. We need to do better at protecting our sisters, friends, co-workers and daughters. We must support those who come forward, condemn this type of behavior when we see it and help ensure there are more women in positions of power.”

Rose McGowan, one of Weinstein’s victims, was not impressed with Affleck. She responded on Twitter, ” ‘GODD***IT! 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 also wrote, “Ben Affleck f**k off.”

The actress didn’t stop there. She also called out Casey Affleck who was also accused of sexual harassment in the past. She tweeted, “Ben Affleck Casey Affleck, how’s your morning boys?” In another post, she slammed Matt Damon who reportedly helped cover up Weinstein’s scandal in the past. “Hey @mattdamon what’s it like to be a spineless profiteer who stays silent?”

While Ben Affleck turned his back on Weinstein, fashion designer Donna Karan was still loyal to the disgraced studio head. “You look at everything all over the world today and how women are dressing and what they are asking by just presenting themselves the way they do. What are they asking for? Trouble,” she defended him in an interview with The Daily Mail.

“Donna Karan you are a DEPLORABLE,” McGowan fired back at the DKNY chief. “Aiding and abetting is a moral crime. You are scum in a fancy dress.” The designer later backtracked on her comments, saying that her remarks were “taken out of context.”

“I believe that sexual harassment is NOT acceptable and this is an issue that MUST be addressed once and for all regardless of the individual,” she said. “I am truly sorry to anyone that I offended and everyone that has ever been a victim.”

In contrary to her strong criticism towards Donna Karan, McGowan was more lenient with LiLo who also came to Weinstein’s defense. “Please go easy on Lindsay Lohan. Being a child actor turned sex symbol twists the brain in ways you can’t comprehend,” she explained.

Source: http://www.aceshowbiz.com/news/view/00114572.html

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