How the Harvey Weinstein scandal has become a nightmare for Ben Affleck and Matt Damon

2017-10-12 02:47:46 GMT2017-10-12 10:47:46(Beijing Time) Agencies
Ben Affleck, Harvey Weinstein, and Matt Damon in New York City in October 2016. (Photo: Mireya Acierto/WireImage) Ben Affleck, Harvey Weinstein, and Matt Damon in New York City in October 2016. (Photo: Mireya Acierto/WireImage)

As Harvey Weinstein continues his fall from grace, he’s dragging some big-name celebrities through the mud with him.

The Oscar-winning producer has been accused of sexual abuse and harassment across a period of decades, with stars like Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie coming forward and telling their stories. Weinstein’s alleged behavior has prompted statements from George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Ben Affleck, and Matt Damon, among others, but many in Hollywood are feigning ignorance. And Affleck and Damon in particular have people really riled up.

“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,” Affleck exclaimed via Twitter on Tuesday. “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 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.”

One of those women who came forward is having none of Affleck’s statement. On Tuesday, actress Rose McGowan simply tweeted, “Ben Affleck f**k off.”

McGowan then tweeted directly to Affleck, alleging he knew of Weinstein’s behavior years ago.

@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.

— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 10, 2017

Folks on Twitter quickly chimed in with their thoughts.

Ben Affleck should’ve just kept quiet. Clearly he wasn’t thinking about his daughters when he left them to gallivant with their nanny.

— I am I, Naima (@naimaism) October 10, 2017

“Ben Affleck should’ve just kept quiet. Clearly he wasn’t thinking about his daughters when he left them to gallivant with their nanny,” someone tweeted shortly after.

“He also grabbed Hilarie Burton’s breasts on TRL once. Everyone forgot though,” another user replied.

Burton herself saw the exchange and jumped in, writing, “I didn’t forget.”

I didn’t forget.

— Hilarie Burton (@HilarieBurton) October 10, 2017

Mic. Drop.

The incident was in 2003. Burton, who was 21 at the time, was interviewing the Gigli star when he went in for a hug but allegedly squeezed her left boob.

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

Burton replied, “Seriously, thank you for that. I was a kid.” The One Tree Hill alum, who is expecting her second child with husband Jeffrey Dean Morgan, followed that up by sharing a video from TRL Uncensored where she talks about the incident.

Hilarie Burton, Ben Affleck, and Rose McGowan. (Photos: Getty Images) Hilarie Burton, Ben Affleck, and Rose McGowan. (Photos: Getty Images)
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