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Ben Affleck Apologizes for Acting ‘Inappropriately’ With Hilarie Burton

Ben Affleck has apologized for acting “inappropriately” toward Hilarie Burton after the actress revived her claim on Tuesday night that the “Batman” star groped her during an episode of MTV’s “TRL” in 2003.

“I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologize,” he tweeted.

Burton was then host of the MTV show. The incident was brought up on Monday night after Affleck issued a statement about Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment allegations. In the statement, Affleck wrote, “This is completely unacceptable, and I find myself asking what I can do to make sure this doesn’t happen to others.”

A Twitter user responded, saying, “Ben Affleck should’ve just kept quiet.” Another added, “He also grabbed Hilarie Burton’s breasts on ‘TRL’ once. Everyone forgot, though.”

Burton replied, “I didn’t forget,” and went on writing, “Seriously, thank you for that. I was a kid.” Later, she posted a promo video for “TRL Uncensored” and captioned it saying, “Girls. I’m so impressed with you brave ones. I had to laugh back then so I wouldn’t cry. Sending love.”

Weinstein was fired from his indie film studio, the Weinstein Company, last Sunday after an explosive New York Times investigation exposed three decades of sexual assault and harassment allegations against the film mogul. On Tuesday, a second report in the New Yorker alleged Weinstein raped three women.

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