Ben Affleck has made an apology after admitting he acted ‘innapropriately’ toward actress Hilarie Burton on a 2003 episode of TRL.
She previously accused him of groping her breast on the popular music show.
The A-lister released a statement via Twitter after the One Tree Hill actress came out and made the revelation following the news Harvey Weinstein had abused several actresses over the last 20 years.
I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologise.
Affleck said he was ‘saddened and angry’ over the ‘sickening’ claims made against movie mogul Weinstein who has produced countless Oscar-nominated and winning films since founding Miramax.
A recording was released yesterday of him asking a model to watch him shower.
To be clear what Harvey Weinstein did was a disgusting abuse of power and horrible. I hope we are now seeing the beginning of the end of these abuses.
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) October 8, 2017
The New Yorker leaked the audio Tuesday in light of the Hollywood mogul’s history of sexual abuse against women.
The news report exposes the moment Weinstein begs a Filipina-Italian model named Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, who was recording the meeting for a 2015 NYD sting operation, to come in his room and watch him shower.
He also confesses to groping her breast and saying ‘I’m used to that,’ saying he won’t do it again if she comes into the bathroom.
After numerous refusals, the producer eventually dismisses her.
Harvey Weinstein was fired from The Weinstein Company on Sunday following the exposé which revealed decades of sexual harassment allegations made against him by actresses.
The company’s board of directors announced his firing Sunday night in a statement marking the beginning of one of the biggest falls from grace Hollywood has ever seen.
The statement read:
In light of new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged in the past few days, the directors of The Weinstein Company — Robert Weinstein, Lance Maerov, Richard Koenigsberg and Tarak Ben Ammar — have determined, and have informed Harvey Weinstein, that his employment with The Weinstein Company is terminated, effective immediately.
There was PROOF and the DA did nothing. https://t.co/f3Bau1j6yd
— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) October 10, 2017
Weinstein issued a statement to The New York Times, writing:
I came of age in the Sixties and Seventies, when all the rules about behaviour and workplaces were different. That was the culture then.
I have since learned it’s not an excuse, in the office – or out of it. To anyone. I realised some time ago that I needed to be a better person and my interactions with the people I work with have changed.
I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologise for it.
Though I’m trying to do better, I know I have a long way to go. That is my commitment.
— Scarin Gloria Ryan? (@morninggloria) October 10, 2017
The Miramax mogul went on to say how he plans to revitalise his reputation and career later on after confronting his wrongdoings, saying:
My journey now will be to learn about myself and conquer my demons. Over the last year I’ve asked Lisa Bloom to tutor me and she’s put together a team of people. I’ve brought on therapists and I plan to take a leave of absence from my company and to deal with this issue head-on.
I so respect all women and regret what happened. I hope that my actions will speak louder than words and that one day we will all be able to earn their trust and sit down together with Lisa to learn more.
Trust me, this isn’t an overnight process. I’ve been trying to do this for 10 years and this is a wake-up call. I cannot be more remorseful about the people I hurt and I plan to do right by all of them.
I am going to need a place to channel that anger so I’ve decided that I’m going to give the NRA my full attention. I hope Wayne LaPierre will enjoy his retirement party. I’m going to do it at the same place I had my Bar Mitzvah. I’m making a movie about our President, perhaps we can make it a joint retirement party. One year ago, I began organising a $5m foundation to give scholarships to women directors at USC. While this might seem coincidental, it has been in the works for a year. It will be named after my mom and I won’t disappoint her.
Several actresses and actors have come out and spoke out against Weinstein, including Meryl Streep and George Clooney.