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Posted: October 11, 2017

Ben Affleck apologizes after Hilarie Burton accuses him of groping her on ‘TRL’


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Ben Affleck apologizes after Hilarie Burton accuses him of groping her on ‘TRL’
Actor Ben Affleck (left) has apologized to actress Hilarie Burton after she said she groped her on camera when she was a VJ on 'TRL.

By Fiza Pirani, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Actress Hilarie Burton, known for her role as Peyton Sawyer in “One Tree Hill,” has spoken out about a past sexual assault claim against actor Ben Affleck Tuesday, accusing him of groping her breast during a visit to MTV’s “TRL” in 2003, People reported

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Amid the sexual harassment and assault allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, Affleck took to Twitter Tuesday and wrote he was “saddened and angry” about the allegations against Weinstein.

Some Twitter users spoke out against Affleck’s statementOne user wrote, “He also grabbed Hilarie Burton's breasts on TRL once. Everyone forgot though.”

“I didn’t forget,” Burton, now 35 years old and 10 years younger than Affleck, wrote in response to the tweet. At the time, Burton was a video jockey on the MTV video request show.

The fan apologized that she had to go through that, to which Burton said, “Seriously, thank you for that. I was a kid.”

Burton also shared video of her reaction following the grope from “TRL: Uncensored,” in which she laughed it off in discomfort. 

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In the clip, Burton says Affleck walked over to her during an interview and “tweaked” her breast.

“He wraps his arm around me and comes over and tweaks my left boob!" she says in the video.

She says he later asked her, “What are you, 19?” The full clip of Burton discussing the moment is on YouTube

Affleck apologized Wednesday on Twitter, saying, “I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologize.”

“Girls. I’m so impressed with you brave ones. I had to laugh back then so I wouldn't cry. Sending love,” Burton wrote on Twitter.

People reported that Burton later left TRL in 2003 after three years on the show to star in “One Tree Hill.” She is currently expecting her second child with “The Walking Dead” actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan. 


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