Then the Internet sent the 45-year-old actor a gentle reminder — that he, too, had been inappropriate with women. That’s when former “Total Request Live” host Hilarie Burton tweeted a video clip from a documentary about the show in the early 2000s, showing her recalling a moment that Affleck “comes over and tweaks my left boob.”
In another clip, which shows Affleck reach his arm around Burton but does not show him grope her, the actress added that “some girls like a good tweakage here and there. I’d rather have a high five.”
Burton sent out the video clip after a person on social media recalled the incident on MTV, writing, “He also grabbed Hilarie Burton’s breasts on TRL once. Everyone forgot though.”
“I didn’t forget,” Burton responded. She later added: “I was a kid.”
Burton spoke out to other women who have been in similar situations, writing, “Girls. I’m so impressed with you brave ones. I had to laugh back then so I wouldn’t cry. Sending love.”
Amid the uproar Wednesday afternoon, Affleck apologized to the actress.
I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologize— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) October 11, 2017
Asked for comment, representatives for Affleck referred The Washington Post to his tweet.
Comedian John Mulaney’s wife, Annamarie Tendler, tweeted Wednesday that she, too, would “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.— Annamarie Tendler (@amtendler) October 11, 2017
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?— Annamarie Tendler (@amtendler) October 11, 2017
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.— Annamarie Tendler (@amtendler) October 11, 2017
Tendler and Burton were not the only people to take issue with Affleck.
Following the news about Weinstein, “Scream” star Rose McGowan, who is among at least eight women the New York Times reported he settled with over the accusations, called Weinstein a “monster.”
After Affleck spoke out about it, she also went after him.
Affleck, who starred in Weinstein’s “Good Will Hunting” in 1997, said in his statement Tuesday that the allegations against the prominent film producer made him sick.
“This is completely unacceptable, and I find myself asking what I can do to make sure this doesn’t happen to others,” he wrote on Tuesday. “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 behavior when we see it and help ensure there are more women in positions of power.”