News & Opinion | November 6, 2017 9:35 am

Ben Affleck Says He Wants To Be “Part of the Solution” on Sexual Harassment

Recent wave of sexual assault allegations in Hollywood has led actor to examine his own behavior.

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Ben Affleck allegedly groping Hilarie Burton in 2003. (YouTube/Screengrab)

Ben Affleck said that the successive waves of sexual harassment allegations currently shaking Hollywood’s foundations has led him to re-examine how he has treated women. During an interview with the Associated Press fro his new movie, Justice League, Affleck said that he’s “looking at my own behavior and addressing that and making sure I’m part of the solution,” reports The Hollywood Reporter

Last month, Affleck condemned Harvey Weinstein’s behavior, but then had to defend his own conduct actress when an actress on MTV’s Total Request Live was brought up. In 2003, he allegedly groped actress Hilarie Burton on camera when she was a host for TRL. The action was caught on camera. Another video from 2004 appeared, reports The Hollywood Reporter, showing Affleck pull TV host Anne-Marie Losique onto his lap.

Affleck told  The Hollywood Reporter that there are two changes that need to be made in the entertainment industry. First, “more women need to be pushed to power.” Second, men need to play a role in the fight against sexual harassment and need to call out inappropriate behavior whenever they see it.