Hilarie Burton claims Ben Affleck groped her on TRL/ Ben Affleck on TRL in 2003

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Hilarie Burton claims Ben Affleck groped her on TRL/ Ben Affleck on TRL in 2003
Hilarie Burton claims Ben Affleck groped her on TRL

Hilarie Burton claims she was groped by Ben Affleck during his appearance on TRL in 2003.
The former host of the show made the allegations on Tuesday night, just hours after Affleck made a statement condemning Harvey Weinstein's alleged abusive actions in his sexual assault and harassment scandal. 

In it he said he was 'saddened and angry' over the 'sickening' claims. 
Affleck's statement was quickly slammed by a number of people - including Weinstein accuser Rose McGowan who called Affleck a liar. 
When a fan tweeted that Affleck might as well have 'kept quiet,' another Twitter user wrote: 'He also grabbed Hilarie Burton's breasts on TRL once. Everyone forgot though.' 
The One Tree Hill Star then surprised the Twitter thread by interjecting with: 'I didn't forget.'  

The incident reportedly happened when he appeared on the show in 2003. Burton was 21.
A video clip from the show shows Affleck telling Burton a story mid-interview which appears to be about moves men use to pick up women. 
He leans his arm around the young host who is wearing a yellow bandeau dress. No groping is seen on camera but Burton noticeably jumps and looks shocked on the footage as Affleck smiles and returns to his seat. 
Speaking further about the incident, Hilarie thanked the Twitter user, writing: 'I was a kid...Girls. I’m so impressed with you brave ones. I had to laugh back then so I wouldn’t cry. Sending love.'
She then tweeted a clip from an interview she did taking fans behind the scenes at TRL. In it she relives and laughs off the incident.
'He wraps his arm around me and comes over and tweaks my left boob,' she says. 
'I'm just like, 'what are you doing'...Some girls like a good tweakage here and there - I like a high five.' 
A female producer then speaks about the incident. 
'I don't know what happened but Hilarie was like 'ooo'.  There was a little squeeze, I don't know.'  
Further footage shows Affleck asking the host, 'how old are you - 19?'. He would have been around 31 at the time of the recording.
Burton is known for her portrayal as Peyton Sawyer on One Tree Hill, Sara Ellis in White Collar and Karen Palmer in Lethal Weapon. 
Her first role was on TRL where she worked as a host from 1999 until she was cast as Peyton on One Tree Hill. She is married to Walking Dead actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan. 

It's not clear which press conference she was referring to, but both McGowan and Affleck appeared in the 1998 movie Phantoms, which was executive-produced by Weinstein.
The horror flick premiered at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival, which is where McGowan's alleged assault took place.
Affleck finally responded to the assault allegations against Weinstein five days after they broke. The producer backed Affleck and Matt Damon's screenplay for Good Will Hunting. 
Affleck said that he was 'saddened and angry' over the claims but did not explicitly say that he was previously unaware of the claims made about Weinstein.

He wrote: 'I am saddened and angry that a man who I worked with used his position of power to intimidate, sexually harass and manipulate many women over decades.
'The additional allegations of assault that I read this morning made me sick. This is completely unacceptable, and I find myself asking what I can do to make sure this doesn’t happen to others. 
'We need to do better at protecting our sisters, friends, co-workers and daughters. We must support those who come forward, condemn this type of behavior when we see it and help ensure there are more women in positions of power.'  
McGowan, angry at the stars' days of silence, initially reacted to the news with a simple 'Ben Affleck f*** off'.
McGowan had been prodding Affleck and Damon for days to make some kind of remark to the claims, and may have expected him to make some kind of denial.

On Monday, she tweeted: 'Ben Affleck Casey Affleck, how's your morning boys?'
Casey Affleck has also been accused of sexual harassment, and many were enraged when he took home the title of Best Actor for his performance in Manchester By The Sea at the 2017 Academy Awards. 
The new allegations that Affleck mentioned came in an article by The New Yorker on Tuesday that said Weinstein had previously raped three women, significantly intensifying the scandal surrounding the disgraced movie mogul.
Actress Asia Argento and a former aspiring actress named Lucia Evans went on the record to allege Weinstein forced himself on them sexually. A third woman spoke anonymously.

More than a dozen women have now said Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them.

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