Affleck apologises for ‘groping’ TV host

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Actor Ben Affleck has apologised after being criticised for groping a presenter of the MTV on-air in 2003.

The incident emerged after he posted the condemnation of Harvey Weinstein, who is facing charges of sexual assault.

A Twitter user mentioned how Affleck “grabbed Hilarie Burton breasts on TRL once”, but “all forgotten”. Burton replied: “I have not forgotten.”

Affleck then wrote on Twitter: “I acted inappropriately towards Ms Burton and I sincerely apologize.”

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A clip of the moment from TRL Uncensored was put back into circulation, including a clip of Burton, remembering how Affleck had put his arm around her and proceeded to “change my left tit”.

“Some girls like a good tweakage here and there,” he said on the program. “I’d rather have a high five.”

On Twitter, after being recalled, he said that he was “a guy” and “made you laugh, and then I would not cry.”

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Affleck has made his apology, one day after the sending of a message that gives his point of view on the Hollywood producer Weinstein alleged sexual harassment and aggression.

“I am saddened and angry that a man with whom I have worked with used her position of power to intimidate, harass, sexually and manipulate many women in the course of the decades,” he said.

“The further allegations of assault that I read this morning made me sick.

“This is absolutely unacceptable, and I wonder what I can do to make sure that this does not happen to others. We must do better to protect our sisters, friends, colleagues, and daughters.

“We need to support those who come forward, condemn this type of behavior when we see it, and help to ensure that there are more women in positions of power.”

Weinstein is currently facing a series of accusations involving sexual harassment and aggression.

His spokesperson Sallie Hofmeister said that the allegations of non-consensual sex “were unequivocally denied” and that “there have never been acts of retaliation against women for refusing his advances”.

“Mr. Weinstein, of course, you can’t talk about the allegations of anonymous, but with respect for all the women who have made accusations in the record, Mr. Weinstein believes that all of these relations were consensual,” the statement added.

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