Hilarie Burton is now speaking out about the time Ben Affleck tweaked her left breast live on the air during MTV’s Total Request Live (TRL).
The untoward incident, which took place in 2003, was such a shock to the fledgling host, who was just 19 at the time, that the now 35-year-old said she laughed so she wouldn’t cry when such inappropriate sexual behavior happened while she was interviewing the movie star.
She said, “I was just a kid [at the time.]”
Burton’s tweeted comments appeared shortly after the Oscar winner told his Twitter followers of his disgust and disdain regarding Harvey Weinstein’s allegedly unacceptable advances and sexual innuendos. These actions were reportedly targeted at a slew of young models and actresses, including the likes of A-listers Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow.
A Twitter fan called out Affleck, saying that she thought the actor would probably be better off paying attention to his own actions.
Meanwhile, another gave a good reason why, stating, “[Ben Affleck] also grabbed Hilarie Burton’s breasts on TRL once. Everyone forgot though.”
Burton quickly joined in the conversation about the ugly incident, boldly commenting, “I didn’t forget.”
Burton also retweeted her One Tree Hill co-star, Sophia Bush, in an October 10 message stating, “The culture of abuse — in MANY industries — and fear of what will happen to you if you say something, breeds trauma and silence.”
Not long after that pointed discussion, Affleck issued a short apology to the Lethal Weapon star via Twitter. He confessed, “I acted inappropriately [with Hilarie] Burton [on camera in 2003] and I sincerely apologize.”
This. The cutlure of abuse — in MANY industries — and fear of what will happen to you if you say something, breeds trauma and silence. https://t.co/kI4tp7HgIp
— Sophia Bush (@SophiaBush) October 10, 2017
I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologize
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) October 11, 2017