The tide is turning on Ben Affleck.
In the land below the big, bright Hollywood sign perched on the Hollywood hills, lies a world where sexual harassment is rife, and women have money but no power.
And as disgraced accused rapist and sexual harasser Harvey Weinstein goes to ground, one thing remains glaringly obvious: Hollywood has a problem with men, and those men have a problem with knowing how to treat and respect women.
Last week, Ben Affleck joined other prominent Hollywood personalities denouncing Weinstein, posting on Facebook that he was “saddened and angry that a man who I worked with used his position of power to intimidate, sexually harass and manipulate many women over decades”.
Instead of drawing support, his passionate post inspired numerous women to come forward with accusations against Affleck himself.
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Here, it is important to note that Ben Affleck has long been a colleague and protege of Weinstein’s. He rose to fame in Harvey Weinstein’s Miramax film Good Will Hunting in 1997, which he wrote with Matt Damon, and won an Oscar for Best Screenplay.
Since then, he worked with Weinstein on Shakepeare in Love and Jersey Girl. The pair had worked closely together for years.
After Affleck’s Facebook post condemning Weinstein, Rose McGowan that he “lied”. He knew all about the accusations around Weinstein, she said, despite his claims the allegations “make [him] sick”.
“’Goddamnit! I told him to stop doing that!’ you said that to my face. The press conf I was made to go to after assault [sic]. You lie,” McGowan wrote on Twitter.
Next, it was actress Hilarie Burton, who was reminded by a fan about a time on MTV’s Total Request Live in 2003 when Affleck groped on her on screen.
“He also grabbed Hilarie Burton’s breasts on TRL once. Everyone forgot though,” one Twitter user wrote.
“I didn’t forget,” she replied, adding she “had to laugh back then so [I] wouldn’t cry”.
Shortly after, a video from 2004 was unearthed, showing the actor asking Canadian journalist Anne-Marie Losique to expose herself while she sits on his lap in a press junket for Jersey Girl – a Weinstein and Miramax film.
“These breasts are really firm, suspiciously firm, they are like two giant stones,” he says to her in the video. Touching her nipples, he went on to suggest they recreate a “Janet Jackson” moment.