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As numerous women speak out about sexual misconduct committed by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, Ben Affleck has been accused of groping One Tree Hill star Hilarie Burton.
Burton said the incident took place back in 2003 during an episode of MTV’s Total Request Live. The two appeared as guests on the show at the time, and she was just 21-years old. She subsequently tweeted a video of her being interviewed about the groping on a behind-the-scenes episode of the show called TRL Uncensored: “He comes over and tweaks my left boob,” in reference to Affleck.
Later in the outtakes, Affleck is seen conducting an interview and asks her: “How old are you, 19?”
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The revelation of the alleged groping comes after Affleck, who’s acted in many of Weinstein’s films, condemned the actions of the producer.
Here’s what you need to know about Burton and Affleck:
1. Affleck Apologized to Burton in a Social Media Post
After Burton’s allegations of the groping re-surfaced, Affleck seemed to confirm that it happened and issued an apology to her via Twitter. He said in a tweet: “I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologize.”
2. Affleck Was Accused of Lying After Releasing his Statement on Weinstein
After more women continue to come forward with stories about how Weinstein encouraged them to perform sexual acts on him, Affleck spoke up with a statement. He said he’s “saddened and angry that a man who (he) worked with used his position of power to intimidate, sexuall harass and manipulate many women over decades.”
Affleck’s statement was one of many from people who have worked with Weinstein in the past, criticizing his behavior. But his statement was met with criticism from Rose McGowan, one of many women who accuse Weinstein of the misconduct. She’s been tweeting nonstop about McGowan since news has broke, and specifically targeted Affleck in some of the tweets, calling Ben and his brother Casey out.
McGowen seems to claim that the Afflecks knew about Weinstein’s actions and never did anything about it, referring to Ben as a liar.
3. Burton Said She Was ‘Just a Kid’ When the Alleged Incident Took Place
The revelation of the alleged groping came to light after a Twitter user commented on Affleck’s statement regarding Weinstein, saying the “he also grabbed Hilarie Burton’ breasts on TRL once. Everyone forgot though.”
Burton replied to the tweet, saying that she didn’t forget about it.
The commenter replied: “I’m so sorry that happened to you. It’s infuriating that people never bring up all the gross, predatory things he’s done.”
Burton said she was a “kid” when the incident took place, and the commenter replied by saying he was “so sorry that happened to you. It’s infuriating that people never bring up all the gross, predatory things (Affleck’s) done.”
4. Burton is Expecting Her 2nd Child
In September, Burton announced that she and Jeffrey Dean Morgan of The Walking Dead were expecting their second child. The couple married in 2014 and revealed the news of the second pregnancy on the red carpet of the Emmy Awards.
Their first child together is a son named Gus, who they frequently post about on social media.
5. Ben’s Brother Recently Had Sexual Harassment Suits Filed Against Him
While there haven’t been publicly disclosed allegations against Ben until Burton’s claim that she groped him, two women who worked with Ben’s brother Casey on a film accused him of sexual harassment. In 2010, one of the women claimed that Casey crawled into bed with her without her consent while she was asleep and allegedly “violently grabbed (her) arm in an effort to intimidate her into staying” when she refused.
The two women claim he also verbally abused them and directed one of his friends to expose himself to them.