'I'm looking at my behaviour': Ben Affleck on sexual harassment in Hollywood
The actor has faced numerous accusations this year.
Ben Affleck says the string of sexual harassment allegations coming out in Hollywood against the likes of Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey has led to him taking a look at his own behaviour.
The actor was forced to apologise to former One Tree Hill actress Hilarie Burton recently after she recalled an incident where he had groped her live on MTV’s TRL back in 2003.
Taking to Twitter to apologise, Affleck said:
“I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologise.”
I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologize
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) October 11, 2017
He was also accused of groping a makeup artist at a Golden Globes party in 2014, however, Affleck made no public apology for that instance.
Now, the 45-year-old says he is assessing how he can be a part of the solution and not the problem.
“I’m looking at my own behaviour and addressing that and making sure I’m part of the solution,” he told Associated Press.
The actor told the outlet that he believes there are two things that must happen; “more women need to be pushed to power” and that sexual harassment should no longer be treated as a women’s only issue, saying it is “a men’s issue”.
Affleck says more men need to take an active role in calling out any inappropriate behaviours they witness.
The Batman v Superman actor faced huge criticism in light of the Harvey Weinstein allegations.
The actor tweeted his disappointment at the news, however, actress Rose McGowan suggested he knew about Weinstein’s behaviour all along.
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) October 10, 2017