Ben Affleck says Weinstein allegations have led to re-examination of own character
Actor and Eastern Congo Initiative Founder Ben Affleck listens to testimony on Capitol Hill in Washington during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the Congo on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. (AP / Susan Walsh)
Sam Golding, The Associated Press
Published Sunday, November 5, 2017 11:36PM EST
Last Updated Monday, November 6, 2017 11:27AM EST
LONDON - Ben Affleck says the storm of sexual harassment allegations engulfing Hollywood has led him to examine his own behaviour.
In an interview Sunday with The Associated Press for the superhero film "Justice League," Affleck said he's "looking at my own behaviour and addressing that and making sure I'm part of the solution."
After condemning Harvey Weinstein's actions last month, Affleck was forced to defend his own conduct. He apologized for groping the actress Hilarie Burton on camera in 2003 when she was a host on MTV's "Total Request Live." Another video from 2004 showed Affleck pulling Montreal TV host Anne-Marie Losique onto his lap. Losique has defended Affleck, saying the actor's behaviour was done for the show only and she has described him as a gentleman.
Speaking Sunday, Affleck said two things need to happen, that "more women need to be pushed to power" and that sexual harassment has to also be "a men's issue" where guys call out inappropriate behaviour.