The state representative challenging Sen. Elizabeth Warren for her Senate seat is urging her to clean out of her campaign war chest the donations she got from actor Ben Affleck, “now that he has admitted to groping Hilarie Burton.”
The scandal that erupted when the New York Times wrote about the multitude of claims by actresses and others that Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein either sexual harassed or molested them now is expanding.
Affleck, a veteran of the MTV program Total Request Live, condemned Weinstein after the allegations surfaced, but abruptly found himself targeted by complaints that he, too, had victimized a young woman.
He promptly apologized for “groping the actor Hilarie Burton” during a TRL program in 2003, stating, “I acted inappropriately toward Mrs. Burton and I sincerely apologize.”
The issue arose because his encounter with her apparently was an open secret in Hollywood, and when Weinstein’s case came up, Affleck was criticized for having “grabbed Hilarie Burton’s breasts on TRL once. Everyone forgot though.”
Burton promptly responded on social media, “I didn’t forget.”
She described herself as “just a kid” when it happened.
Reported the Guardian on the issue, “A video from 2004 has also been unearthed that shows the star asking Canadian journalist Anne-Marie Losique to expose herself while she sits on his lap during a junket for Miramax film Jersey girl. ‘These breasts are really firm, suspiciously firm, they are like two giant stones,’ he says to her. He also appears to touch her nipple, suggesting they recreate a ‘Janet Jackson’ moment.”
Now Rep. Geoff Diehl, R-Whitman, a candidate for the U.S. Senate seat held by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat, said she needs to clean Affleck’s donations out of her coffers.
“Like so many other Commonwealth residents I am disappointed in what appears to be a cover up of bad behavior in Hollywood. With the admission of Ben Affleck, I would hope that Senator Warren would now donate his contributions,” challenged Diehl. ““She should not be benefitting from someone who has admittedly groped a woman.”
Already last week Warren had to donate tainted funds she got from Weinstein.
Diehl noted that FEC reports reveal Warren had gotten more than $10,000 from Affleck.
The Guardian said, “Burton’s comments came shortly after Affleck had been accused by actor Rose McGowan of lying about his knowledge of Weinstein’s alleged sexual abuse of women following his statement, which did not indicate whether he had any prior knowledge of the producer’s past behavior.
“McGowan, whom the New York Times reported had reached a $100,000 settlement with Weinstein over an incident in a hotel room in 1997, took to Twitter to criticize Affleck’s response,” the report said.
She told the Times she was accusing Affleck of knowing about Weinstein’s alleged acts toward her and of lying about them.
At least three of the women who reported confrontations with Weinstein alleged they situations ended up their being raped.
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