Nearly two dozen women have accused Harvey Weinstein of crimes ranging from sexual harassment to groping and even rape in a scandal that’s upended the entertainment industry’s power structure and threatening to tarnish the reputations of several other public figures, including politicians like Manhattan Attorney General Cyrus Vance Jr., who killed an investigation into Weinstein back in 2015.
But of all the Hollywood figures who’ve been criticized for tacitly condoning Weinstein’s behavior, none have sustained quite as much reputational damage as Ben Affleck, who’s been branded as a hypocrite by Weinstein accuser Rose McGowan for his half-hearted condemnation of Weinstein’s actions.
Soon after Weinstein accused Affleck of lying in a statement disavowing Weinstein, twitter users brought up a 2003 incident where Affleck appeared to grope actress Hilarie Burton live on camera, which in turn prompted several women to come forward to allege that Affleck groped them during a party years ago.
Twitter users gleefully responded by branding Affleck with a hilarious new epithet: The Buttman.
Affleck famously played Batman in a widely panned “Batman vs. Superman.”
He also grabbed Hilarie Burton's breasts on TRL once. Everyone forgot though.— Shanice Brim (@ShaniceBrim) October 10, 2017
Affleck has apologized to Burton...
I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologize— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) October 11, 2017
Then the other women came forward.
I would also love to get an apology from Ben Affleck who grabbed my ass at a Golden Globes party in 2014.— Annamarie Tendler (@amtendler) October 11, 2017
He walked by me, cupped my butt and pressed his finger into my crack.— Annamarie Tendler (@amtendler) October 11, 2017
I guess he tried to play it like he was politely moving me out of the way and oops touched my butt instead of my lower back?— Annamarie Tendler (@amtendler) October 11, 2017
Like most women in these situations I didn't say anything but I have thought a lot about what I'd say if I ever saw him again.— Annamarie Tendler (@amtendler) October 11, 2017
I was also at this party and *multiple* friends had this same exact experience. https://t.co/GlSIllKqAJ— Jen Statsky (@jenstatsky) October 11, 2017
Then Buttman was born...
He is Buttman.— Robert Zuccaro (@robzuc1997) October 12, 2017
He must have been getting in character as Buttman https://t.co/3XqJXBdPBI— Nail Horribly ???????????? (@Nooli68) October 12, 2017
Affeck has yet to respond to the groping accusations.
…But just in case you weren’t an avid watcher of TRL back in 2003