Affleck Groping Could Put ‘JUSTICE LEAGUE’ in Jeopardy… MORE allegations emerge
Grope Allegation Against Batman Ben Affleck Creates PR Nightmare for ‘Justice League’
Hollywood’s worst fear just came true. The biggest scandal by far in Tinseltown history has just expanded beyond Harvey Weinstein. Tuesday night, Oscar-winning director Ben Affleckwas publicly accused of groping actress Hilarie Burton back in 2003.
Hollywood’s Batman, the anchor in Warner Brothers’ most expensive franchise, stands accused of sexual misconduct against a then-21 year-old actress.
Moreover, Justice League — a tentpole coming out in less than five weeks, a blockbuster the entire industry is counting on to salvage the 2017 box office, a crowd-pleaser needed to remind people why they love going to the movies, an investment that with promotional costs probably reaches $250 – $300 million — is now in serious jeopardy.
Affleck, the star of that film, not only stands accused of sexual misconduct, he does so in the eye of a hurricane, a rampage to make examples of powerful men, a perfect storm that could capsize his entire career.
The fallout, if Hollywood loses its Batman and an Oscar-winning director, is incalculable.
Ben Affleck dubbed ‘Buttman’ as more groping allegations emerge
Ben Affleck has become the subject of shame and mockery after more allegations of groping emerged this week. Affleck, who is about to appear as Batman for the second time in DC’s big-budget superhero film Justice League, has been called “Buttman” on social media since make-up artist Annamarie Tendler became the second woman to allege that he touched her.
Days after condemning the actions of his former colleague Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of three incidents of rape and countless accounts of sexual assault of young female stars, Affleck publicly apologised for touching actress Hilarie Burton live on camera in 2003.
The apology came after Burton admitted that she had not forgotten the incident:
I didn't forget.
— Hilarie Burton (@HilarieBurton) October 10, 2017
I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologize
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) October 11, 2017
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