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Ben Affleck groped me at Golden Globes: Makeup artist claims after his apology to MTV host

Ben Affleck said sorry to MTV host Hilarie Burton for his inappropriate conduct, only to be met with fresh allegations of groping.

hollywood Updated: Oct 12, 2017 10:56 IST
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Ben Affleck’s apology for ‘acting inappropriately’ with MTV host Hilarie Burton has been met with fresh claims of sexual misconduct. A Hollywood make-up artiste has claimed the Batman actor groped her at an award function.(Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

As Ben Affleck posted an apology for “acting inappropriately” with actress Hilarie Burton, new claims of sexual misconduct are piling up against the actor. On Wednesday, Hollywood makeup artist Annamarie Tendler tweeted that Affleck groped her at a Golden Globes party in 2014.

She wrote on Twitter, “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.”

Tendler is married to comedian stand-up comic and former Saturday Night Live writer John Mulaney.

Earlier in the day, after Affleck condemned Harvey Weinstein as claims of sexual harassment kept mounting against the sacked movie mogul, a fan Twitter user wrote, “He also grabbed Hilarie Burton’s breasts on TRL once. Everyone forgot though.”

The 35-year-old actress 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?” She also hailed the women who have come out against Weinstein, writing, “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.”

MTV TRL Uncensored Cold Open from steven beal on Vimeo.

Affleck then apologised to Burton, writing, “I acted inappropriately toward Ms Burton and I sincerely apologise.”

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.

First Published: Oct 12, 2017 10:51 IST