Hours after Ben Affleck condemned the actions of Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual assault by numerous Hollywood actresses, former One Tree Hill star Hilarie Burton has claimed that Affleck once groped her on the hit MTV show TRL. "The additional allegations of assault that I read this morning made me sick", he wrote on Facebook.
Last night, Ben Affleck shared a statement in which he said the accusations made him "angry", continuing: "I find myself asking what I can do to make sure this doesn't happen to others". We must support those who come forward, condemn this type of behavior when we see it and help ensure there are more women in positions of power'.
After a fan suggested that Affleck should have "kept quiet", another Twitter user wrote, "He also grabbed Hilarie Burton's breasts on TRL once".
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Burton replied: "Seriously, thank you for that".
"@benaffleck "GODDAMNIT! I TOLD HIM TO STOP DOING THAT" you said that to my face".
McGowan, who has starred with Affleck in two films, responded with a tweet, accusing Affleck of being complicit in the cover up.
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Burton was 21 at the time, back in 2003, and described herself as "a kid".
Affleck's statement comes after he refused to respond to repeated requests for comment from Dailymail.com.
Despite issuing a statement Tuesday saying he was "saddened and angered" by the allegations against Weinstein, Affleck has found himself snared in the burgeoning scandal involving the movie mogul. Subsequent testimonials state that Weinstein raped a number of women, while Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie have also claimed Harvey Weinstein harassed them.
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