Ben Affleck prevented answering a query asking if he knew about his previous pal Harvey Weinstein allegedly raping Rose McGowan throughout an interview on “Today.”
The “Justice League” star — who was on the morning discuss present to debate his function as Batman within the movie — was requested by host Savannah Guthrie if he ever heard McGowan’s story, which the actress claimed she instructed him in a tweet again in October.
“I really don’t want to get into personal stories,” the actor mentioned, including that he each believes and helps the “Charmed” star, who accused Weinstein of raping her in a resort room in 1997.
McGowan tweeted on Oct. 10 that Affleck allegedly mentioned “GODDAMNIT! I TOLD HIM TO STOP DOING THAT” when she instructed him about Weinstein’s habits forward of press convention across the time she claims she was badaulted.
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“You lie,” McGowan continued.
Affleck, 45, has labored with Weinstein on quite a lot of tasks, together with the movie that gave him and Matt Damon their huge breaks, “Good Will Hunting.”
However, the “Gone Girl” star instructed Guthrie he hasn’t labored with the disgraced Hollywood producer in years.
“I knew he was sleazy and kind of a bully, but unfortunately that wasn’t that uncommon in Hollywood,” he mentioned on “Today” when requested if he knew “that side” of Weinstein.
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“I was brand new to Hollywood, I was 24 years old … I didn’t know much of anything really. It really is a shame because although I stopped working with Harvey a long time ago. Those movies hold a special place in my heart,” he mentioned.
Affleck mentioned it’s onerous to simply accept that whereas he was developing in Hollywood, numerous girls had been going by horrible and horrific issues by the hands of Weinstein.
He mentioned the “only thing he could think to do” was donate all of his residuals from Weinstein motion pictures to organizations that may make a distinction.
“It’s sort of a way for me to feel better about the early stage of my career when I made those movies about him.”
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After dozens of ladies started accusing Weinstein of badual misconduct and rape, Affleck confronted his personal accusations of badual harbadment by Hilarie Burton and Ann Marie Tendler.
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The Hollywood star issued an announcement after he was accused groping Burton in 2003, stating: “I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologize.”
On Thursday night time, Affleck appeared on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” through which Colbert requested him concerning the accusations in opposition to him, in addition to Weinstein.
Affleck responded, “This is a comedy show, correct?” earlier than responded to Burton’s claims he groped her bad.
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“What I was accused of by a woman was, uh, touching her bad while I gave her a hug. I don’t remember it, but I absolutely apologized for it,” he mentioned. “I definitely don’t suppose she’s mendacity or making it up.”
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