The state representative challenging Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., for her Senate seat is urging her to clean out of her campaign war chest the donations she received from actor Ben Affleck now that he has admitted to groping MTV host Hilarie Burton.
The groping incident was recalled after Affleck denounced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused by as many as 30 women of sexual misconduct.
Affleck has apologized for groping Burton during a “Total Request Live” episode in 2003, stating, “I acted inappropriately toward Mrs. Burton and I sincerely apologize.”
After Affleck condemned Weinstein, a Twitter user wrote, referring to the actor: “He also grabbed Hilarie Burton’s breasts on TRL once. Everyone forgot though.”
Burton promptly replied to the tweet, “I didn’t forget.”
She described herself as “just a kid” when it happened.
The London Guardian reported another Affleck incident has come to light : “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 Warren, 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 received from Weinstein.
Diehl noted FEC reports reveal Warren had received 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.
The Times reported Friday that Weinstein has reached settlements with at least eight women who have accused him of sexual harassment. Three other women have accused him of rape, The New Yorker magazine reported Tuesday.
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