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Ben Affleck knew Harvey Weinstein “was sleazy”

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Partners: Wife-cheater Ben Affleck, sexual predator Harvey Weinstein and proggie Matt Damon

And yet he still befriended Weinstein and worked with him. Money over principles is the standard in Hollyweird.

And now Affleck goes on an apology tour just before his movie, Justice League, is released and receiving terrible reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. What a coincidence!

From NY Post: Ben Affleck knew Harvey Weinstein abused his power from the very beginning, but at the age of 24, he didn’t think there was anything he could do about it.

“I knew he was sleazy and kind of a bully, but unfortunately that wasn’t uncommon,” the “Justice League” star said Friday on the “Today” show. “I was brand new to Hollywood … I was 24 years old. I never made a movie and didn’t know much of anything, really.”

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. With more than 80 women having come forward to accuse the disgraced mogul of sexual harassment and assault, Affleck maintains he would like to be “part of the solution.”

“And, you know, it really is a shame because although I stopped working with Harvey a long time ago, those movies hold a special kind of place in my heart and to now look back on it and think like, ‘Gosh, some other people were going through something really ugly and disturbing [experiences],’” he said.

Affleck pledged to give his residual checks for the movies he made with Weinstein to anti-sexual violence organizations. He also said he believes the country has reached a turning point, where survivors aren’t afraid to speak out.

“It certainly feels like a really important moment,” he said. “It feels like a time when survivors are finding their voice and people are sort of — and I include myself in this — really discovering the terrible extent of this problem here in our country.”

As allegations of sexual misconduct continue to mount against several Hollywood heavyweights — including Kevin Spacey, Jeffrey Tambor, Louis C.K. and, most recently, Sylvester Stallone — Affleck has tried to own up to his own past misdeeds. The father of three apologized to former “TRL” personality Hilarie Burton in October, after the actress claimed he had groped her during a 2003 appearance on the show.

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

Although Affleck didn’t go into detail about Rose McGowan, who called him a liar on Twitter after the New York Times revealed she was paid $100,000 to drop sexual harassment claims against Weinstein, he remains supportive.

“I don’t really want to get into other people’s individual stories because I feel like those are their stories and they are entitled to tell as much or as little of those as they want — I believe Rose, I support her, I really like and admire her tenacity and wish her the best,” Affleck said.

Thursday on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” the actor said the outpouring of sexual misconduct allegations has been eye-opening.

“I thought I had a sense of the scope of the problem and I thought I understood it and the truth is, I really didn’t,” he said. “I didn’t understand what it’s like to be groped, harassed, to be interrupted, talked over, paid less, pushed around, belittled — all the things that women deal with that for me, as a man, I had the privilege of not having to deal with.

“Part of this, for me, has been listening to people that I care about and love as they tell me stories of stuff that’s happened to them, this is men and women, and realizing this is a real thing. I’m not a spokesperson, I’m not a superhero, I can’t change it by myself. I can just be accountable for myself and for my actions.”

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Ben Affleck says he wants to be “part of the solution” to sexual harassment

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Partners: Wife-cheater Ben Affleck, sexual predator Harvey Weinstein and proggie Matt Damon

Don’t kid yourself. He’s only desperately trying to save his career and promote his movie, Justice League, which opens on November 13.

FYI: One of the screenwriters of Justice League is Joss Whedon – the faux feminist who called Ivanka Trump a dog and demeaned teenage cancer-survivors’ looks to take shot at Republicans.

From Hollywood Reporter: Ben Affleck says the storm of sexual harassment allegations engulfing Hollywood has led him to examine his own behavior.

In an interview Sunday with the Associated Press for Justice League, Affleck said he’s “looking at my own behavior and addressing that and making sure I’m part of the solution.”

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

Speaking Sunday, 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 behavior.

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Ben’s brother is in trouble: People are calling for Casey Affleck to be banned from Oscars because of sexual allegations

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Casey Affleck under fire…

Hollyweird is imploding. Grab some popcorn!

From MSN: Actor Casey Affleck settled two lawsuits accusing him of sexual harassment more than seven years ago. But in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal — where dozens of women have accused the mega-producer of sexual assault — allegations against Affleck have reemerged.

In 2010, Affleck was sued by two women who worked on the set of the film “I’m Still Here.” They claimed Affleck crept into one of their beds, routinely demeaned them, and encouraged the movie’s crew to harass them as well.

Now there is a petition circulating — with around 6,000 signatures as of writing — asking the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) not to invite Affleck back to 2018’s Oscars, which will be held on March 4. And the voices on Twitter are even louder.

Affleck won the best actor award at the 2017 Oscars for his performance in “Manchester by the Sea.” If Academy tradition holds, Affleck should present the best actress award at the 2018 Oscars. Few people seem to want that. From Twitter:

  • Casey Affleck presenting Best Actress in the #Oscars next year? How about NO WAY?
  • so when are we going to take casey affleck’s and mel gibson’s and roman polanski’s and woody allen’s oscars?
  • The next Oscars is going to be interesting…sex offender Casey Affleck will be presenting the Best Actress award…talk about irony!

And it wasn’t just voices on Twitter. “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver called out the Academy for keeping Affleck in the organization after it stripped Weinstein of his membership.

“The group that counts among its current members Roman Polanski, Bill Cosby, and Mel Gibson has found the one guy who treated women badly and kicked him out,” Oliver sarcastically said on his show. “So congratulations, Hollywood! See you at the next Oscars where — and this is true — Casey Affleck will be presenting best actress.”

INSIDER reached out to The Academy to see if it plans to invite Affleck to present at the 2018 Oscars, and had not heard back at the time of this post.

Here’s a quick refresher of the allegations in the 2010 lawsuits against Affleck, which were filed by Amanda White and Magdalena Gorka. White was a producer on the film “I’m Still Here,” and Gorka was the director of photography. Affleck directed the film, which he made with Joaquin Phoenix.

Here are some of the things White and Gorka alleged in their lawsuits:

  • Affleck allegedly snuck into Gorka’s bedroom while she was asleep and crawled into her bed, wearing only underwear and a T-shirt.
  • He allegedly asked a crew member to take off his pants so he could show White his privates, even after White objected.
  • He allegedly locked White out of her bedroom because he and Phoenix were in there with two women … (At the time, Affleck was married to Phoenix’s sister, Summer, with two children. The couple separated in 2015.)
  • He frequently talked about his sexual exploits, White and Gorka alleged, and talked about the sexual exploits of other people that he said he witnessed.
  • He allegedly suggested Gorka should have sex with a camera assistant.
  • He allegedly suggested White and a male crew member have a child together.
  • He routinely encouraged the crew to harass Gorka, according to the lawsuit.
  • White also claimed that Affleck refused to pay her for any of her services on the film.

The lawsuits were filed in the summer of 2010 and settled in September of that year, before the release of “I’m Still Here.”

But the allegations resurfaced in 2016 as Affleck gained Oscar buzz for his performance in “Manchester by the Sea.”

In an interview with the Boston Globe after winning his Oscar, Affleck said that everyone deserves to be treated with respect. Affleck said he was legally barred from commenting on the specifics of the lawsuits, a strategy commonly used to silence victims.

“I believe that any kind of mistreatment of anyone for any reason is unacceptable and abhorrent, and everyone deserves to be treated with respect in the workplace and anywhere else,” Affleck said. “There’s really nothing I can do about it … other than live my life the way I know I live it and to speak to what my own values are and how I try to live by them all the time.”

During the Oscar ceremony itself, the allegations against Affleck were still on people’s minds.

Brie Larson, who presented the award to Affleck, kept her body language cold. She didn’t clap after he took the statuette from her.

After the ceremony, she said her body language was intentional. “I think that whatever it was that I did onstage kind of spoke for itself,” Larson told Vanity Fair. “I’ve said all that I need to say about that topic.”

The Weinstein scandal appears to have, at least for a moment, ushered in an era where sexually inappropriate behavior is no longer tolerated in Hollywood.

Read the rest of the story here.

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Clooney and Damon say they knew Weinstein was a womanizer, not a predator

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Damon and Clooney: Selling their souls for fame and fortune

The jig is up boys. Quit trying to backpedal to sell tickets for your racist movie. #TheyAllKnew.

From Hollywood Reporter: George Clooney and Matt Damon are shedding more light on what it was like working with ousted Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, who helped launched both actors to stardom, in the late ’90s.

The pair, during their press tour for the Clooney-directed film Suburbicon, sat down with ABC’s Michael Strahan to clarify what they knew about Weinstein’s alleged history of sexual harassment prior to the media firestorm that erupted after the publication of two exposés, by The New York Times and The New Yorker, which detailed decades of harassment and assault allegations against the disgraced mogul.

“You had to spend about five minutes with him to know that he was a bully, he was intimidating — that was his legend,” said Damon, who first worked with Weinstein on Good Will Hunting and was subsequently signed to a three-picture deal. “When people say everybody knew, yeah I knew he was an asshole. He was proud of that.”

Damon revealed that he had heard of Gwyneth Paltrow’s encounter with Weinstein from friend Ben Affleck, though he had been under the impression that Paltrow had come to “an agreement or understanding” following the incident.

Paltrow was one of the first Hollywood actresses to come forward and accuse Weinstein of sexual harassment. She previously disclosed to the Times that the producer made unwanted advances to her early in her career, summoning her to his hotel room and suggesting the two of them head to the bedroom for massages.

“I knew he was a womanizer. I wouldn’t want to be married to the guy, but it’s not my business,” Damon said, explaining his thinking back then. “But this level of criminal sexual predation is not something that I ever thought was going on.”

Clooney noted that he similarly had an inkling of Weinstein’s alleged behavior around women based on conversations he had with the mogul.

“Harvey would talk to me about women that he’d had affairs with,” said Clooney. “I didn’t necessarily believe him quite honestly, because to believe him would be to believe the worst of some actresses who were friends of mine.”

Telling Strahan he now knows the truth behind what Weinstein had described as an “affair,” he added, “The idea that this predator — this assaulter — was out there silencing women like that…it’s beyond infuriating.”

Clooney called for a change in Hollywood and an end to victim shaming, saying, “There has to be a comeuppance for all of this. All of the people who were part of that chain. And then, we have to make it safe for people to feel that they can talk about it.”

The Suburbicon director, noting that wife Amal Clooney has also been subject to harassment in her line of work, encouraged women to continue coming forward and so that men may be warned that “you’ll be out of the business, and more than that, you might be prosecuted.”

On the topic of harassment in Hollywood, he added, “We’re going to have these discussions, and we’re going to make it harder for it to happen.”

Since allegations first surfaced in the Times, over 40 women — including actresses Lupita Nyong’o, Lea Seydoux and Sean Young — have accused Weinstein of harassment and assault.

The disgraced film mogul has since been terminated as co-chairman from his own company, expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and is under investigation by the LAPD, NYPD and London police.

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Sexgate: another woman accuses Ben Affleck of groping her butt

This post piggybacks on DCG’s post this morning, “The downfall of Hollyweird stars begins: Ben Affleck apologizes for groping Hilarie Burton“.

Ben Affleck with man boobs. Source of pic: Radar Online

On Tuesday, October 10, 2017, actor Ben Affleck hypocritically said that he was “made sick” by allegations that Hellywood mogul Harvey Weinstein had raped and sexually harassed women over the course of decades, and called on his fellow Hollyweirdos to “condemn this type of behavior when we see it.”

A fan then accused Affleck of similar behavior, tweeting that Affleck had “also grabbed Hilarie Burton’s breasts on TRL once.”

In 2013, Affleck was 31 years old and in the midst of a 3-year affair with actress Jennifer Lopez, whom he planned to marry on September 14, 2013.

Actress Hilarie Burton thanked the fan and confirmed that Affleck indeed had grabbed her breasts in 2013 when she was just “a kid,” never mind that a 21-year-old adult is hardly a kid.

So Affleck tweeted an apology yesterday, that “I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologize.”

Jessica Sager reports for Page Six, Oct. 12, 2017, that mere hours after Affleck’s apology to Burton, another woman has come forth accusing the actor of touching her inappropriately.

Annamarie Tendler

Makeup artist Annamarie Tendler, who’s married to former “Saturday Night Live” writer-turned-comedian John Mulaney, tweeted Wednesday night:

“I would also love to get an apology from Ben Affleck who grabbed my ass at a Golden Globes party in 2014. He walked by me, cupped my butt and pressed his finger into my crack. I guess he tried to play it like he was politely moving me out of the way and oops touched my butt instead of my lower back? Like most women in these situations I didn’t say anything but I have thought a lot about what I’d say if I ever saw him again.”

Tendler’s account is corroborated by comedy writer Jen Statsky, who said that Affleck had also grabbed the butts of “multiple” other women at the Golden Globes party. Statsky tweeted:

“I was also at this party and *multiple* friends had this same exact experience.”

This will snowball. As in the case of Harvey Weinstein, even more women will now come forth accusing Affleck of inappropriate sexual touching.

It’s popcorn time!

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~Eowyn

The downfall of Hollyweird stars begins: Ben Affleck apologizes for groping Hilarie Burton

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Birds of a feather…

No doubt, Hollyweird PR agents are scurrying around doing major damage control right now. Good. Let all those Hollyweird hypocrites face the wrath of their despicable actions.

FYI: Ben Affleck has several projects in the works, see here. #BoycottHollywood!

From Fox News: Ben Affleck apologized to actress Hilarie Burton for groping her during an appearance on “TRL” in 2003. “I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologize,” Affleck tweeted Wednesday.

The actor was accused of groping Burton on Tuesday, hours after he said he was “saddened and angry” over allegations that Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein raped and sexually harassed women over decades.

Affleck wrote Tuesday that the news about the man who helped create his career “made me sick” and that we must “condemn this type of behavior when we see it.”

A fan then accused Affleck of similar behavior tweeting, “[Affleck] also grabbed Hilarie Burton’s breasts on TRL once. Everyone forgot though.”

Burton chimed in tweeting, “I didn’t forget.” Her husband, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, played the father of Ben Affleck’s character in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

The fan wrote back, “I’m so sorry that happened to you. It’s infuriating that people never bring up all the gross, predatory things he’s done.”

Burton thanked the fan for speaking up adding “I was a kid” when Affleck grabbed her breast during a 2003 “TRL” appearance.

A rep for Affleck did not return Fox News’ request for comment.

Actress Rose McGowan, is among the women accusing Weinstein, also blasted Affleck calling him a liar and claiming the actor knew of Weinstein’s behavior but remained silent.

“@benaffleck ‘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. You lie,” McGowan tweeted.

McGowan also called out Affleck’s brother, actor Casey Affleck who has been accused of sexual assault, on Twitter Monday writing, “Ben Affleck Casey Affleck, how’s your morning boys?”

Casey Affleck recently faced intense public scrutiny for a past civil sexual harassment lawsuit. He made headlines ealier this year after reports surfaced that two women had filed lawsuits against him for sexual assault on the set of the 2009 film “I’m Still Here.” Both suits were settled out of court.

Casey Affleck addressed the allegations in March 2017 in a statement to the Boston Globe.

“I believe that any kind of mistreatment of anyone for any reason is unacceptable and abhorrent, and everyone deserves to be treated with respect in the workplace and anywhere else,” Affleck said. “There’s really nothing I can do about it other than live my life the way I know I live it and to speak to what my own values are and how I try to live by them all the time.”

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