As the Harvey Weinstein scandal continues to reverberate throughout Hollywood appears old chickens are coming home to roost. Now Ben Affleck is apologizing for inappropriately groping a young woman on camera during an interview with MTV in 2003.
The woman in question is actress Hilarie Burton, who currently stars in the "Lethal Weapon" TV series and formerly starred "One Tree Hill." In 2003 Burton, then 21, was an on-camera reporter for the celebrity interview show TRL. During a segment that aired live on the MTV show TRL, Affleck apparently reaches around and gabs Burton's left breast.
A video clip from the show shows Affleck telling Burton a story mid-interview. He leans his arm around Burton. The actual grope is not seen on camera but Burton noticeably jumps and looks shocked as Affleck smiles and returns to his seat.
When someone tweeted about the incident following Affleck's condemnation of Weinstein, saying that the act had largely been forgotten, Burton responded to the tweet saying "I didn't forget." She then thanked the tweeter for bringing the incident to light. "Seriously, thank you for that. I was a kid." In another tweet Burton expressed support for those women coming out against Weinstein.
"Girls. I'm so impressed with you brave ones. I had to laugh back then so I wouldn't cry," she wrote. "Sending love."
Burton is currently married to "The Walking Dead" actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan. The couple is expecting their second child.