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Ben Affleck says he wants to be 'part of the solution' in Hollywood sexual harassment scandal

Affleck has previously apologised for groping an actress on camera in 2003.
Nov 6th 2017, 10:41 AM 20,092 44

BEN AFFLECK HAS said the storm of sexual harassment allegations engulfing Hollywood has led him to examine his own behaviour.

In an interview yesterday with The Associated Press for the superhero film Justice League, Affleck said he’s “looking at [his] own behaviour and addressing that and making sure [he is] part of the solution”.

After condemning Harvey Weinstein’s actions last month, Affleck was forced to defend his own conduct.

He apologised for groping the actress Hilarie Burton on camera in 2003 when she was a host on MTV’s Total Request Live. Another video from 2004 showed Affleck pulling Montreal TV host Anne-Marie Losique onto his lap.

The allegation of groping came after Affleck wrote on social media how stories surfacing about Harvey Weinstein made him sick.

Affleck said “We must support those who come forward, condemn this type of behaviour when we see it and help ensure there are more women in positions of power.”

He then apologised to Burton on Twitter, after being criticised for his Weinstein comments.

Speaking yesterday, Affleck said two things need to happen, that “more women need to be pushed to power” and that sexual harassment has to also be “a men’s issue” where guys call out inappropriate behaviour.

With reporting from Sean Murray

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