Ben Affleck gets grilled about Harvey Weinstein

Stephen Colbert Pushes Ben Affleck on Sexual Harassment In a Tense Late Show Interview

The actor has also had his own allegations to deal with: Former MTV host Hilarie Burton said he groped her while shooting a 2003 spot for the network's TRL, for which he apologized.

Ben Affleck, the world's rumored on-and-off Batman, was on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Thursday night, and he did not escape Colbert's questions about the Harvey Weinstein scandal and how that story has opened the floodgates for people to tell their own sexual harassment stories at the hands of powerful people in Hollywood. "The only thing I can think to do is give my residuals from my Harvey movies to a couple of organizations that I think are making a difference and try to reconcile that".

"I acted inappropriately towards Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologize", Affleck tweeted at the time.

He then called on men to be more "mindful about our behaviour" and to "hold ourselves accountable" and be part of the solution rather than the problem. Matt Damon, Affleck's friend and fellow actor, said he heard about Paltrow's allegations against Weinstein from Affleck, who dated Paltrow in the 1990s. "It feels like a time when survivors are finding their voice and people are, and I include myself in this, really discovering the awful extent of this problem here in our country". "I was brand new to Hollywood, I was 24 years old, I had never made a movie, I didn't know much of anything, really". I didn't understand what it was like to be groped, to be harassed, to be interrupted, talked over, paid less, belittled, all the things that women deal with, for me as a man, I have the privilege of not having to deal with'. He added that he wants to be a system of support for those coming forward, and urged the industry to "create a business where women are more empowered and in place so that less of this happens".

Affleck, now 45, worked with Weinstein, 65, on a slew of films, including Shakespeare in Love and Good Will Hunting, the latter of which earned him an Academy Award in 1998 for Best Original Screenplay. I'm not a spokesman, I'm not a superhero, I can't change it by myself. "It sort of tainted that, a little bit, to realize that while we were having these experiences and making these movies, there were people that were suffering and dealing with terrible experiences". He was also caught on video pulling Anne-Marie Losique, a woman who was interviewing him for a Canadian show, onto his lap and commenting about her breasts in 2004. "I can just be accountable for myself and for my actions".

On being accused of recently joking about sexual harassment: "It was a serious question and I kind of felt uncomfortable, and didn't know what to say and laughed awkwardly".



Other news