It was only a matter of time before more accusations of sexual assault emerged in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein exposé. Enter actors Ben Affleck and Hilarie Burton.
On Tuesday, Affleck shared a statement on Twitter saying that he was “saddened and angry that a man who (he) worked with used his position of power to intimidate, sexually harass and manipulate many women.”
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) October 10, 2017
The tweet seemed decent enough, maybe even honorable. But it turns out, Ben Affleck has some skeletons of his own hiding in his Hollywood elite closet. Writer Shanice Brim happened upon the tweet and effectively accused Affleck of being a hypocrite. She reminded him that those in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones, tweeting that he allegedly groped Hilarie Burton’s breast on an episode of Total Request Live in 2003. Burton herself corroborated Brim’s accusation.
I didn’t forget.
— Hilarie Burton (@HilarieBurton) October 10, 2017
For what it’s worth, the footage does exist of the alleged incident, but nothing definitive can be seen on tape. However, neither party denies that it happened. Affleck admit his guilt, issuing an apology via Twitter on Wednesday:
I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologize
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) October 11, 2017
Really sincere apologizing on a social media platform, Ben.
Affleck likely won’t be the last actor who’s accused of sexual assault in the weeks to come. We can expect to see many more cases of unreported harassment arise as this scandal continues. Below, veteran Wayne Dupree gives his take on the debacle – and chalks it up to the perpetually toxic environment of Hollywood.
Dupree makes some very good points. We know Hollywood is a toxic place of entitlement and dishonorable behavior.
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