Anne-Marie Losique, a Canadian TV personality and singer found herself caught in a stream of accusations against Ben Affleck when an interview she did with the actor 13 years ago resurfaced, and people saw it as an example of his inappropriate treatment of women. Amid the accusations, Affleck apologized on Wednesday after another clip that appeared to show him groping actress Hilarie Burton during a 2003 appearance on MTV’s TRL surfaced on social media.
In the 2003 promotional interview for Affleck’s movie Jersey Girl, the actor can be seen with Losique sitting on his lap. As the interview progresses, Affleck is seen squeezing her in a lascivious manner, and making raunchy remarks about her cleavage, among other things. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, however, Losique claims the interview is being taken out of context and unfairly used against Affleck. “This was for the camera,” Losique said. “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.”
Losique stressed that there were at least 20 people in the room when they taped the segment, and both of them knew it would be aired on TV and the internet. After Affleck condemned Harvey Weinstein for assaulting and harassing several women, he became a target himself for allegations of inappropriate behavior, but Losique said she does not want this interview to be thrown in with the other stories “because I don’t think that is at all the same thing.” She did however share her own uncomfortable experience with Weinstein, who she met a couple of times. “I knew he was a player. He did invite me once at the Toronto Film Festival to go up to his suite for an interview. Of course I did not go. And it stopped there. He said, ‘I would be more comfortable in my suite.’ I said, ‘Umm, no.’ I am not saying something would have happened, but I made sure nothing happened.”
Watch the full interview from 2003 below.
Read the full story at The Hollywood Reporter.