Ben Affleck has apologized for "acting inappropriately" towards actress Hilarie Burton in 2003. Burton posted a video (opens in new tab) on Twitter yesterday resurfacing the incident, which took place during Affleck's appearance on MTV's Total Request Live, which Burton was hosting at the time. Burton resurfaced her allegation via Twitter yesterday, shortly after Affleck released a statement condemning Harvey Weinstein (opens in new tab) in the wake of his ongoing sexual harassment scandal.
A number of Twitter users responded negatively to Affleck's statement–including actress Rose McGowan (opens in new tab)–and one user brought up the TRL incident, writing; "He also grabbed Hilarie Burton's breasts on TRL once. Everyone forgot though." Burton replied, confirming that the incident took place: "I didn't forget."
Seriously, thank you for that. I was a kid.October 11, 2017
"I had to laugh back then so I wouldn't cry," Burton wrote in a later tweet. On Wednesday afternoon, Affleck released his own tweet in which he acknowledged the incident and apologized.
I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologizeOctober 11, 2017
Emma Dibdin is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles who writes about culture, mental health, and true crime. She loves owls, hates cilantro, and can find the queer subtext in literally anything.
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