Ben Affleck Apologizes For Grope Of Hilarie Burton In 2003

Ben Affleck

UPDATE: In a hasty attempt to headline this story about Ben Affleck’s apology, I referred to his groping of Hilarie Burton as “Clumsy” in the headline. Readers have taken offense. I meant no offense, and I removed the word from the headline. I take this seriously, and will be more careful with wording in such sensitive matters.

EARLIER: The reverberations of the Harvey Weinstein mess are widening. The latest: Ben Affleck being called out on Twitter for a 2003 incident involving Hilarie Burton, who interviewed him on the MTV show TRL and said that when he hugged her, Affleck grabbed her breast. This was a long time ago.

Burton, whose subsequent acting credits include One Tree Hill, Extant and most recently Fox’s Lethal Weapon, tweeted this morning and felt the moment made Affleck a hypocrite for his Twitter post yesterday that condemned Weinstein for sexual harassment. Affleck, in turn, fell on his sword with a post he just put on his Twitter account:

Here’s the TRL video of the incident:

Burton’s Twitter conversation:

Here’s Affleck’s statement from yesterday on Weinstein:

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