Just hours after Hilarie Burton claimed that Ben Affleck groped her breast, a video surfaced in which the actor hugs a reporter on his lap and inappropriately enthuses about her ‘firm breasts.’ Watch here.
Ben Affleck condemned Harvey Weinstein amidst the shocking claims of sexual harassment against him. However, a newly-surfaced video from back in 2004 shows that the actor, himself, may have acted inappropriate with a female in the industry. The video is from an interview Ben did with a Canadian TV channel promoting his movie Jersey Girl, and the clip starts with the reporter, Anne-Marie Losique, nearly straddling Ben in his interview chair. Throughout the two minute clip, Anne-Marie can be seen giggling and squirming as Ben playfully tries to hold her down on his lap. Along with getting wildly handsy with the young reporter, he also makes some super inappropriate comments throughout the clip.
“They would like it better if you do the show topless at the station, wouldn’t they?” he asks. “That’s sort of the idea, isn’t it? What if we do the interview like this? You usually show a lot more cleavage than this. What’s the story? Why are you covering it up today. It’s Sunday morning? That’s never stopped you before! These breasts are very firm, suspiciously firm, I have to say. They are like two giant stones, what has happened? How did you get like this? Should we do a little midriff baring thing? Let’s do a Janet Jackson stunt, let’s scare them off. Are you wearing your nipple ring?” He also pokes fun at people suffering from cerebral palsy and talks about having sex with Anne-Marie.
It’s unclear from the video if Ben and Anne-Marie had any former relationship or if there was any context for their touchy-feely interaction on-camera. However, Anna-Marie has never made any complaints about Ben’s behavior, and even once explained that her sitting on his lap was a longtime “thing” between them. “It’s something that started a long time ago. Now I’m always on his lap,” she explained in 2001. “I don’t have to prepare anything. It’s very easy. But I never get to ask him questions. Never in five years.” Her reporter reel also includes various videos of her acting flirtatious with Ben.
It’s expected that Ben was still in a relationship with Jennifer Lopez, 48, at the time this was filmed. The video actually surfaced back in July, but has come to light once again because Ben has been making headlines for anotherearly 2000s incident.
It all started in response to Ben’s statement about Harvey — a fan pointed out that the 45-year-old “grabbed Hilarie Burton’s breasts on TRL once” but “everyone forgot.” Hilarie saw the tweet and responded, “I didn’t forget.” She added, “I had to laugh back then so I wouldn’t cry” and shared a link to the throwback video, which shows her explaining how Ben “[wrapped] his arms around [her] and [came] over and [tweaked her] left boob.”
Ben took to Twitter to apologize for the incident, writing, “I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologize.”
HollywoodLifers, do you think the video of Ben and the reporter is inappropriate?