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Hilarie Burton Recalls Time Ben Affleck Grabbed Her Breast On 'TRL'

Hilarie Burton Recalls Time Ben Affleck Grabbed Her Breast On 'TRL'

"Harvey had called me and said, they're writing a story about Fabrizio, who I knew from 'The Talented Mr. Ripley.' He had organized our premiere in Italy and so I knew him in a professional capacity and I'd had dinner at his house", "The Martian" star said. Later in the video, the actor is shown asking her, "How old are you - 19?" "And he wraps his arm around me and comes over and tweaks my left boob!" she recalls. Additionally, there is a clip of Ben being interviewed by Hilarie where he says, "How old are you?"

Burton captioned the video: "Girls". According to the Daily Mail, no groping can be seen on camera, but she visibly reacts as Affleck smiles and sits back down.

Burton, who has been The Walking Dead's Jeffrey Dean Morgan's partner since 2009, would have been 21 at the time of the incident, and Affleck 31.

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The fact that MTV chose to highlight the incident in a "TRL Uncensored" highlight reel and make Burton talk about it like it was just an incident of boys being boys shows just how much the industry is set up to trivialize the harassment of women. She then went on to star on "One Tree Hill" as Peyton Sawyer and has since appeared on "White Collar", "Extant", "Grey's Anatomy" and TV's "Lethal Weapon". Incidentally, when DC actor Ben Affleck joined the forces on social media to voice his feeling on the ongoing scandal, his response was met with criticism. The fan replied, "I'm so sorry that happened to you".

McGowan, who has starred with Affleck in two films, responded with a tweet, accusing Affleck of being complicit in the cover up. She reportedly settled a sexual harassment lawsuit against Weinstein in 1997.

"@benaffleck "GODDAMNIT! I TOLD HIM TO STOP DOING THAT" you said that to my face. The additional allegations of assault that I read this morning made me sick", he wrote on Facebook.