Ben Affleck apologises for ‘groping’ TV host

Actor Ben Affleck has apologised after being criticised for groping an MTV presenter on air in 2003.

The incident surfaced after he posted condemnation of Harvey Weinstein, who’s going through sexual assault allegations.

One Twitter consumer remembered how Affleck “grabbed Hilarie Burton’s breasts on TRL once” but “everybody forgot although”. Burton responded: “I didn’t overlook.”

Affleck later wrote on Twitter: “I acted inappropriately toward Ms Burton and i honestly apologise.”

A clip of the moment from TRL Uncensored was recirculated, including a clip of Burton recalling how Affleck had put his arm around her and proceeded to “tweak my left boob”.

“Some ladies like a excellent tweakage here and there,” she mentioned on the programme. “I Would relatively have a high 5.”

On Twitter, after being reminded, she stated she used to be “a child” at the time and “needed to giggle back then so I Wouldn’t cry”.

Affleck made his apology a day after posting a message giving his views on Hollywood producer Weinstein’s alleged sexual harassment and assaults.

“I Am saddened and indignant that a person who I labored with used his position of power to intimidate, sexually harass and manipulate many ladies over a long time,” he stated.

“The Extra allegations of assault that I read this morning made me ill.

“This Is completely unacceptable, and i in finding myself asking what I Will Be Able To do to verify this does not happen to others. We need to do better at defending our sisters, pals, co-workers and daughters.

“We must strengthen folks who come forward, condemn this type of behaviour once we see it and lend a hand be sure that there are more ladies in positions of energy.”

Weinstein is at present dealing with various allegations involving sexual harassment and assault.

His spokeswoman Sallie Hofmeister stated any allegations of non-consensual intercourse had been “unequivocally denied” and that “there were never any acts of retaliation against any girls for refusing his advances”.

“Mr Weinstein obviously can’t speak to anonymous allegations, however with recognize to any ladies who have made allegations on the report, Mr Weinstein believes that each one of those relationships had been consensual,” the statement added.

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