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Posted by lukehero (34192 posts) - - Show Bio

From CNN: From CNN:

(CNN)Ben Affleck has apologized for groping Hilarie Burton during an appearance on MTV's "Total Request Live" years ago.

The incident took place when Burton, who recurs on Fox's "Lethal Weapon," was a co-host on MTV's "Total Request Live," a daily music video countdown that ran for ten years until 2008 and was recently revived by the network."I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologize," Affleck wrote on Twitter.

Video of the incident resurfaced Wednesday after Affleck joined a chorus of others in denouncing the actions of disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, who stands accused of numerous incidents of sexual harassment and three incidents of rape.The New York Times and the New Yorker detailed the allegations in separate stories published within the last week.A representative for Weinstein denied the allegations of sexual assault in a statement to CNN."Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein. Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances," the statement read in part.Burton's encounter with Affleck was recalled by Burton on Twitter in reply to a fan who brought up the incident.

Clearly, the lynch mob is coming for Ben Affleck, which to be honest he kinda stepped in it when he condemned Weinstien on Twitter. He should have stayed out of it. Now the internet is reliving every dumb thing Ben has done to a woman ever....Also it doesn't help his brother has also been of accused of being very rapey towards women...I'm in no way giving Ben a pass for this, but this thing is going to turn into a witch hunt & it's very weird to see things play out like this.

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On Wednesday, Ben Affleck—who recently took to Facebook to denounce Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual harassment—was called out on Twitter for grabbing One Tree Hill actress Hilarie Burton's breast during a 2003 TRLinterview. Affleck tweeted an apology to Burton on Twitter after footage of the incident resurfaced, but the internet quickly discovered it wasn't the only time the actor had man-handled a woman on camera.

During a 2004 interview with Canadian reporter Anne-Marie Losique to promote Jersey Girl, Affleck pulls Losique onto his lap, asks her why she wasn't showing more cleavage, and then tells her that the TV station would "like it better if [she] did this show topless."

"You usually show a lot more cleavage than this," Affleck says in the interview. "What's the story? Why are you covering it up today?"

"These breasts are really firm... suspiciously firm, they are like two giant stones," he says. "It's a sports bra," Losique replies.

Affleck—who was engaged to Jennifer Lopez at the time—then asks Losique if she "has a boyfriend back in Montreal" and later jokes that "all [she wants] to do is have sex all the time." Later in the interview, he puts on a fake French accent and jokes about appearing disabled.

"Don't make me look like I am retarded," he says. "I look like I have cerebral palsy!"

The 2004 interview, which reportedly appeared on Canada's Box-Office, resurfaced after Affleck said he was "angry" at Weinstein for using "his position of power to intimidate, sexually harass, and manipulate many women over decades" in a Facebook post. When one Twitter user brought up the TRLincident with Burton, the actress, who was just 21 at the time, replied she "had to laugh back then so [she] wouldn't cry." One of Weinstein's accusers, Rose McGowan, also tweeted that Affleck was a liar and had known about Weinstein's ongoing sexual abuse for years.

Losique has joked about sitting on Affleck's lap in the past and told the Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday that the clip "has been blown out of proportion."

"I know that people like fishing for anything, but this is completely out of context," she said. "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."

Still, it's hard not to watch the footage and not feel pretty gross about the whole thing.

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Side Note: I hope all of the people(mostly black people) that whinned and complained Bill Cosby was unfairly treated with his rape scandal now can shut the hell up. It doesn't matter if you are black, white, or whatever. We(society) don't like rapists....

So will this scandal hurt Justice League? I doubt the media won't ask him tough questions about this scandal when the film comes out as they did with Nate Parker with Brith of a Nation & his scandal.

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#1 Posted by Galactic_1000 (3213 posts) - - Show Bio

No.

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#2 Posted by Naamah_Obyzouth (7471 posts) - - Show Bio

Don't care.

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#3 Posted by zr0c00l (3131 posts) - - Show Bio

No but he's most probably out as batman after this.

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#4 Posted by entropy_aegis (19256 posts) - - Show Bio

Its almost as if the universe doesn't want him to be Batman.

Though this scandal really shows the true face of "liberal" Hollywood and SJWs.

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#5 Posted by Fallschirmjager (23386 posts) - - Show Bio

if anything it will help

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#6 Posted by Naamah_Obyzouth (7471 posts) - - Show Bio

@zr0c00l: I hope not. I like his Bruce/Batman.

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#7 Posted by BruceRogers (11293 posts) - - Show Bio

I can make a list of things that will hurt the Justice League movie, but this aint one of them.

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#8 Posted by lukehero (34192 posts) - - Show Bio
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#9 Posted by LDM (2852 posts) - - Show Bio

No

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#10 Posted by zr0c00l (3131 posts) - - Show Bio

@zr0c00l: I hope not. I like his Bruce/Batman.

Me too. I just think hell decide to take some time out of the public eye for awhile after this. Hes very concerned with his public image, like the time he got that show "finding your roots" to pull the segment about his slave owner ancestor and instead focused heavily on another of his ancestors that fought for the north in the civil war. I say hell take a few years off then come back with some small art house film as a director and do some public activism in between to try to clean his image up.

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#11 Posted by TheDeathstroke (1478 posts) - - Show Bio

@zr0c00l said:

No but he's most probably out as batman after this.

Hope not.

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#12 Posted by Kingnemo (205 posts) - - Show Bio

Of course it will. By how much remains to be seen

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#13 Edited by Gotoucanario (2779 posts) - - Show Bio

Eh, if this is really all that will surface I think it's really tame not ill-inteded stuff, barely a boob graze at worst and on camera IE it wasn't him blackmailing or something f'ed up like that.

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#14 Posted by Galactic_1000 (3213 posts) - - Show Bio

No

I don't even Care What he done in outside of the movie.

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#15 Posted by Pokeysteve (11809 posts) - - Show Bio

I think it will sting a bit yeah. It won't last though. Everyone loves Mike Tyson again.

Eh, if this is really all that will surface I think it's really tame not ill-inteded stuff, barely a boob graze at worst and on camera IE it wasn't him blackmailing or something f'ed up like that.

It's literal sexual assault...

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#17 Posted by entropy_aegis (19256 posts) - - Show Bio

I want him gone, period.

All he's done so far is

Walk away from directing the Batman film.

Had his screenplay for said film get tossed aside.

Star in a crtically panned and financially underperforming film.

On a personal level

His last directorial work bombed spectacularly.

He's having trouble with his divorce/kids/affairs/gambling/drinking

His brother is accussed of sexual harrasment.

Now this.

This man is a serious liability to the franchise. Everything he had going for him back in 2013 has fizzled out. Fanboys will still get their precious fight scenes and grey suit with fake abs anyway. His acting was serviceable and the writing for his character was terrible. I'm surprised at fans dreading his departure, screw this guy.

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#18 Edited by rahiem9123 (927 posts) - - Show Bio

I doubt it remind you Christian bale assault both his mother & sister caught flak for it but still continued his role as batman.

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#19 Posted by MarvelandDCfan24 (2066 posts) - - Show Bio

It gives him a good out now i think he's been done with Bats for a awhile

And what he did is being blown out of proportion he never abused her because he had power and could elevate her career like Harvey he was just an arrogant young dick plus look at Harvey and look at Ben Affleck he doesn't need to force himself on women to get laid

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#20 Posted by Outside_85 (18626 posts) - - Show Bio

No, it wont.

And no, he shouldn't have remained quiet, that's evident now when the Knights of the Internet are asking why everyone who's had any kind of relationship with Weinstein have not distanced themselves from him by now. The Clintons have caught flack, as have the Obama's... Matt Damon is still in the hot-tub because he didn't mention Weinstein by name in his condemnation. Where it gets odd however is Ben's apology to someone he himself groped on the red carpet not that long ago.

All that said, I don't think it will impact the movie, people will still want to see Justice League, and Ben is not so embroiled in controversy people are calling for his head. And even if everything somehow explodes, like it did with Mel Gipson, it will only be a matter of years before he slowly comes back.

I can make a list of things that will hurt the Justice League movie, but this aint one of them.

Would one of them be you sitting in the theater on opening night and loudly shout at the movie while it's playing? :)

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#21 Posted by entropy_aegis (19256 posts) - - Show Bio

@rahiem9123: He didn't assualt them and they were extorting him. The case was quashed, this scandal with Affleck is going to get worse. More women will come out that is a guarantee.

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#22 Posted by All-Father (4211 posts) - - Show Bio

No

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#23 Posted by Fallschirmjager (23386 posts) - - Show Bio
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#24 Posted by EmperorxHadesx420 (2322 posts) - - Show Bio

This thread Smdh politics on CV. First ESPN now here

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#25 Posted by tj849 (3452 posts) - - Show Bio

no lmao

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#26 Posted by Gotoucanario (2779 posts) - - Show Bio

I think it will sting a bit yeah. It won't last though. Everyone loves Mike Tyson again.

@gotoucanario said:

Eh, if this is really all that will surface I think it's really tame not ill-inteded stuff, barely a boob graze at worst and on camera IE it wasn't him blackmailing or something f'ed up like that.

It's literal sexual assault...

That doesn't mean every offense is equal.

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#27 Posted by Kingnemo (205 posts) - - Show Bio

Batman is a sexual harasser

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#28 Posted by That1dcfan (165 posts) - - Show Bio

Don't Know don't care a woman needs a good boob squeeze every now and then.

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#29 Posted by Ready_4_Madness (9103 posts) - - Show Bio

It will but not a lot, people forget things very quickly. And on top of that not everyone has reacted to this story all that badly because it was YEARS ago.

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#30 Posted by Kevd4wg (1631 posts) - - Show Bio

Don't Know don't care a woman needs a good boob squeeze every now and then.

What is wrong with you

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#31 Posted by lukehero (34192 posts) - - Show Bio

@ready_4_madness: The YEARS ago doesn’t matter in terms of news. Trump stuff was years ago, So was Weinstein, So was Cosby...

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#32 Posted by lukehero (34192 posts) - - Show Bio

@marvelanddcfan24: I gotcha on most of your statement except the end part. Being rich and handsome doesn’t mean u don’t act rapey towards females: Darren Sharper is a perfect example of this...

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#33 Posted by lukehero (34192 posts) - - Show Bio

@rahiem9123: That’s a good point about Bale. But, the boob grab is on video. Also I think it was shown his mother and sister may have been trying to extort him for money. Also the political climate was a lot different and the SWJ and White Knight mobs weren’t this powerful...

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#34 Edited by Ready_4_Madness (9103 posts) - - Show Bio

@lukehero: do you even understand why I said YEARS ago?

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#35 Posted by IamSilverSurfer (147 posts) - - Show Bio

My cosmic senses say that it won't affect the movie

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#36 Posted by lukehero (34192 posts) - - Show Bio

@ready_4_madness: People still act strongly to things even if the event was years ago, So no I don’t understand your point. You would have to further explain it.

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#37 Edited by MarvelandDCfan24 (2066 posts) - - Show Bio

@lukehero: I mean Affleck has been known to be a arrogant dick in the past but never a rapey creep like HW at least I've never gotten that impression Darren Sharper I've always gotten a creepy vide from him

But if more allegations come out I'll be the first one to say I was wrong but do i think what he did to Burton cost him Batman if he still wants to do it no now if he did something like that today yeah but this was over 10 years ago

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#38 Posted by foxerdes (7240 posts) - - Show Bio

It might actually help.

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#39 Posted by Farkam (10311 posts) - - Show Bio

Right-wing homophobes turn out to be closeted gays and big-time SJW's turn out to be abusers of women lol.

Is there ANYONE clean in Hollywood? It seems dirtier, scummier and more corrupt than Gotham, lol.

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#41 Posted by MAZAHS117 (9717 posts) - - Show Bio

Ooooh Batman, behave

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#42 Edited by Helloman (8605 posts) - - Show Bio

Yes, it might affect the JL movie.

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#43 Edited by Easternwind (4490 posts) - - Show Bio

Oh wow he touched a boob

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#44 Posted by Outside_85 (18626 posts) - - Show Bio

Oh wow he touched a boob

In other news, someone else grabbed Terry Crews' nuts.

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#45 Posted by theredhood44 (880 posts) - - Show Bio

Come on man...

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#46 Posted by saintwildcard (20195 posts) - - Show Bio

Ben Affleck used to put his balls on peoples necks as a prank

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#47 Posted by goonage (2077 posts) - - Show Bio

At this point, probably not.

But if his story continues to unravel and they discover additional extremely serious $#!7, then WB might decide the bad publicity isn't worth it.

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#48 Posted by theawesomeflashSanDiego32 (1754 posts) - - Show Bio

It's fake news so I don't care lol

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#49 Posted by lukehero (34192 posts) - - Show Bio

@saintwildcard: If you fell asleep while working on a Queiten Tarinto Movie he would put a dildo on your mouth and take funny pictures of you.

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#50 Edited by IndomitableRegal (9922 posts) - - Show Bio

@lukehero Won't hurt him or JL at all tbh. He apologized to Burton, there really isn't any evidence of the Golden Globe incident, and as creepy as the Montreal interview looked, the host herself said it was completely out of context. Plus, America has trouble concentrating on too many scandals at once and right now, it's either gun control, NFL kneeling, or Weinstein. Miscellaneous Trump news covers everything else. There isn't much room left for Affleck.