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Ben Affleck apologises for groping MTV host Hilarie Burton

Ben Affleck tendered an apology after reports surfaced that he had groped actor Hilarie Burton when she was the host of MTV’s TRL in 2003.

hollywood Updated: Oct 12, 2017 10:51 IST
Press Trust of India, Los Angeles
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Ben Affleck had earlier criticised Harvey Weinstein for his alleged sexual misdemeanour.(Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Hollywood star Ben Affleck has apologised for an incident in 2003 in which he “acted inappropriately” towards actor Hilarie Burton. She has claimed that Affleck, 45, groped her when she was a host of MTV’s TRL in 2003.

“I acted inappropriately toward Ms Burton and I sincerely apologise,” Affleck tweeted.

The incident on TRL resurfaced when Affleck condemned Harvey Weinstein in the face of mounting sexual assault claims against the sacked movie mogul. Affleck said he was “saddened and angered” by the incident.

After a fan suggested that Affleck should have “kept quiet”, another Twitter user wrote, “He also grabbed Hilarie Burton’s breasts on TRL once. Everyone forgot though.”

The 35-year-old actor soon responded about the alleged 2003 incident, “I didn’t forget.”

The One Tree Hill alum then shared a clip of TRL outtakes in which she says, “He comes over and tweaks my left b**b,” apparently speaking about Affleck. Later in the video, the actor is shown asking her, “How old are you - 19?”

“Girls. I’m so impressed with you brave ones,” Burton, who is expecting her second child with The Walking Dead star Jeffrey Dean Morgan, wrote in the tweet. “I had to laugh back then so I wouldn’t cry. Sending love.”

Social media users also compared the incident with another interview of Affleck conducted in 2004 by Montreal TV host Anne-Marie Losique.

In the clip, the actor pulls Losique into sitting on his lap, proposes she take her top off, and compliments her on her ‘firm breasts’. The interaction was filmed while Affleck was dating Jennifer Lopez.

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First Published: Oct 12, 2017 10:49 IST