Ben Affleck‘s somewhat wholesome facade is coming undone.
The actor has been pulled into the fallout of Harvey Weinstein‘s sexual assault scandal amid the snowballing conversation about men in Hollywood abusing their power.
After being pressured to speak out on his collaborator’s alleged abuse, Affleck wrote a Facebook post condemning Weinstein’s “unacceptable” behavior — but his statement backfired when Hilarie Burton reminded everyone about that time the actor groped her on TRL.
Take this footage from the Jersey Girl press junket, which features the actor hugging and groping a reporter while he jokes about her body odor, makes fun of her accent, and basically dry humps her in front of the cameras.
However, Anne-Marie Losique, the woman in the interview, has since come forward and says the resurfaced clip is being taken out of context.
The Canadian TV personality said the handsy interview was “for the camera” and contended she was “not at all a victim” to the Batman actor. She explained to The Hollywood Reporter:
“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.”
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