Ben Affleck Looks Visibly Uncomfortable as He's Grilled About Sexual Misconduct in Hollywood
Ben Affleck squirmed in his seat as Stephen Colbert questioned him about claims of sexual misconduct on The Late Show Thursday night.
"What I was accused of by a woman was of touching her breast while giving her a hug,” Affleck told the host. “I don't remember it, but I absolutely apologized for it. I certainly don't think she's lying or making it up."
Former MTV host Hilarie Burton says a video, which has gone viral in recent weeks, proves that Affleck groped her in 2003 when she was just 18 years old.
Affleck is in the middle of a media blitz to promote Justice League, which hits theaters Friday.
Four-and-a-half minutes of Affleck’s Late Show interview was devoted to sexual harassment, with just seven minutes dedicated to the movie and other topics.
The media blitz continued on the Today show Friday morning, when Affleck dodged a question from Savannah Guthrie over actress Rose McGowan's claim that movie mogul Harvey Weinstein raped her. A claim Weinstein denies.
"I don't want to get into other people's individual stories. Those are their stories and they're entitled to tell as much or as little of those. I believe Rose. I support her,” he said.
But Affleck issued a rebuke against Weinstein, who funded and distributed many of his early films, including Chasing Amy, Good Will Hunting and Dogma.
"I don't want to ever take a check from that guy,” he says of the embattled producer, adding that he would be donating all future profits from Weinstein-involved films to charities.
“I knew he was sleazy and kind of a bully, but unfortunately that wasn’t uncommon,” the actor said. “I was brand new to Hollywood… I was 24 years old. I never made a movie and didn’t know much of anything, really.”