Ben Affleck apologizes for groping actress Hilarie Burton 14 years ago

Ben Affleck. (ALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images)

Amid the flurry of sexual misconduct allegations made against Harvey Weinstein, many Hollywood celebrities who have been silent on the open secret about his mistreatment of women have been speaking up to denounce the fallen movie mogul. One of the celebrities who finally spoke out on Tuesday was Ben Affleck, whose career Weinstein was instrumental in launching when Miramax produced Good Will Hunting in the late 1990s. But after posting his denunciation on Twitter, fans accused the actor of groping actress Hilarie Burton during an appearance on MTV’s TRL in 2003. “He also grabbed Hilarie Burton’s breasts on TRL once. Everyone forgot though,” one social media user wrote on Twitter, to which Burton replied, “I didn’t forget.”

In another tweet, Burton added, “I was a kid” when it happened.

Social media users posted videos showing the incident, in which Affleck made contact with her breast and videos of Burton talking about it after the fact. Meanwhile, Rose McGowan, who had settled with Weinstein years ago over sexual harassment allegations, criticized Affleck for knowing about Weinstein’s treatment of her and never speaking up about it and then lying about it. McGowan and Affleck co-starred in the 1997 movie Going All the Way and the 1998 movie Phantoms.

Later on Wednesday, Affleck posted an apology to Burton on Twitter, saying, “I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologize.”

The New York Times reached out to Affleck for a comment on McGowan’s accusation, but he did not reply.

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