Stephen Colbert grills Ben Affleck on sexual misconduct allegations

Ben Affleck grilled by Stephen Colbert over allegations of sexual misconduct

Affleck said the experiences he had creating his early works with Weinstein are now "tainted" because "while we were making these movies ... there were people who were suffering". "It was a serious question and I didn't know what to say".

He added that men must be prepared to face up to any "uncomfortable or awkward or unusual encounters" that they may have had, rather than shy away from them.

Guthrie also asked Affleck about actress Rose McGowan's tweet, in which she called Affleck a liar in regards to what he knew about Weinstein's actions.

Earlier in the interview, Colbert asked Affleck about Weinstein, as the now disgraced movie mogul's company Miramax distributed "Good Will Hunting", which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and earned Affleck and Matt Damon their first Oscar awards.

The actor, who plays Batman in "Justice League", chose to donate his residual money from the Miramax films he made to RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) once he realized how many women were hurt behind the scenes while his career was blooming.

Ben Affleck grilled by Stephen Colbert over allegations of sexual misconduct
Ben Affleck speaks out about 'Justice League' and sexual harassment

While Affleck did not mention names in his response, it seemed that he was talking about former MTV VJ Hilarie Burton, who on October 10 tweeted that she "didn't forget" Affleck grabbing her breast during a 2003 episode of TRL.

BEN Affleck said he doesn't remember groping a woman's breast during a hug, but "absolutely apologises for it". I had never made a movie; I didn't know much of anything really.

As the interview continued, Affleck further expounded on his recent self-reflection, saying, "This is just the kind of thing that we have to, as men, as we become more aware of it, be really, really mindful of our behavior and hold ourselves accountable". "I haven't worked for Harvey for more than 15 years", he said.

Yep, Affleck, who says he's just now learning about this problem, also didn't do anything about this problem over the course of his career because it was a normal part of his everyday life. I thought I had a scope of the problem but the truth is I really didn't. "I didn't understand what it's like to be groped, harassed, to be interrupted, talked over, paid less, pushed around, belittled - all the things that women deal with that for me, as a man, I had the privilege of not having to deal with". I felt uncomfortable and laughed awkwardly.

"I'm not spokesman. I'm not a superhero", he added. Despite that, Affleck had relatively poised and insightful responses to each of Colbert's questions. It's a tricky thing to try to handle. "It feels like a time when survivors are finding their voice and people are sort of - and I include myself in this - really discovering the awful extent of this problem here in our country". In the interview, the star elaborated about making an effort to truly understand the extent of sexual harassment in Hollywood, as well as holding himself accountable for his own actions.

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