The recent reveals by the New York Times about Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein's various sexual harassment has opened a can of worms. Ben Affleck, who been a part of several films produced by Weinstein was one among the various Hollywood celebs to slam the producer for sexually harassing various women. Ironically, an old interview of Ben Affleck has resurfaced on the web where he is seen behaving inappropriately with the host of the show, Anne-Marie Losique. In the video Ben is seen groping the host forcefully making her sit on his lap and even demanding her to go topless on camera. This video has gone viral and people are slamming Ben for his misconduct. Also read: Shocking! Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow reveal they were sexually harassed by producer Harvey Weinstein
However, the host of the show has a different story to tell, she told The Hollywood Reporter that there's more to what meets the eye,
"This was for the camera. 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."
She further added that it has come at the wrong time and is been taken out of context,
"I can’t say I am thrilled to have that interview mixed in with the other stories (Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment case) because I don’t think that is at all the same thing."
As Losique suggests he was not behaving inappropriately but she does look highly uncomfortable in the video.
Watch the video below:
But this is not the only video of Ben Affleck that has resurfaced, some time ago another video from 2003 went viral where Ben Affleck was seen grabbing the breast of Hilarie Burton on her show Total Request Live.
Check out the video below:
When a Twitter user reminded everyone about it, Hilarie Burton to responded to her stating she hasn't forgotten what she went through. She recalled in the video, “He comes over and tweaks my left b**b,” apparently speaking about Affleck. Ben also asks her in the video, “How old are you, 19?"
However, Ben apologised yesterday for his misdeed, he wrote on Twitter, "I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologize"
But Ben's "inappropriate" habits doesn't end here. Another accuser, Hollywood makeup artist Annamarie Tendler, tweeted earlier today, accusing Ben of cupping her butt and demanded an apology after he apologised to Hilarie Burton. She wrote,
"I would also love to get an apology from Ben Affleck who grabbed my ass at a Golden Globes party in 2014. He walked by me, cupped my butt and pressed his finger into my crack. I guess he tried to play it like he was politely moving me out of the way and oops touched my butt instead of my lower back? Like most women in these situations I didn’t say anything but I have thought a lot about what I’d say if I ever saw him again."
Ironically, Ben Affleck's younger brother, Casey Affleck too has been accused of sexual assault in 2010. Also read: Justice League trailer: Batman, The Flash, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg battle to David Bowie's Heroes as Superman 'returns'
Ben Affleck had slammed Harvey Weinstein in his Facebook post. He had written,
"I am saddened and angry that a man who I worked with used his position of power to intimidate, sexually harass and manipulate many women over decades. The additional allegations of assault that I read this morning made me sick. This is completely unacceptable, and I find myself asking what I can do to make sure this doesn’t happen to others. We need to do better at protecting our sisters, friends, co-workers and daughters. We must support those who come forward, condemn this type of behaviour when we see it and help ensure there are more women in positions of power.”
However, Rose McGowan, the prime accuser in Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment case called out Ben Affleck after his fb post. She wrote on Twitter, "@benaffleck “GODDAMNIT! I TOLD HIM TO STOP DOING THAT” you said that to my face. The press conf I was made to go to after assault. You lie."
While Ben apologises to Hilarie Burton for his inappropriate behaviour, wonder what he'll say about his incidents with Annamarie Tendler and Anne-Marie Losique.
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