Ben Affleck issued a public apology for groping One Tree Hill actress Hilarie Burton in 2003. Affleck tweeted Wednesday: “I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologize.” The apology came after Burton tweeted on Tuesday that she “didn’t forget” the incident, which occurred during an episode of MTV’s Total Request Live. The resurfacing of the incident came after Affleck’s denouncement of Harvey Weinstein following a slew of sexual harassment and assault allegations against the producer.
… His apology comes even as another video of the 45-year-old actor/director/producer emerges, showing him allegedly engaging in sexually inappropriate behavior toward a female reporter. This other video, from 2004, shows Affleck appearing to force a Canadian TV host to sit on his lap while his hands appear to roam over her body. He can be heard saying on the video: “They would like the show better if you did it topless, wouldn’t they?”
… Canadian TV personality Anne-Marie Losique is defending Affleck’s conduct, telling The Hollywood Reporter that the actor “never touched me in any improper way.” She tells THR: “It has been blown out of proportion … this is completely out of context … 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.”