Ben Affleck on Harvey Weinstein: 'I knew he was sleazy and kind of a bully'

Jeremy Belanger
Producer, Yahoo Entertainment

In an interview on Today, Ben Affleck spoke about the sexual harassment and assault accusations against Harvey Weinstein, who produced many of the films Affleck starred in during the early years of the actor’s career.

Affleck said, “I knew he was sleazy and kind of a bully, but unfortunately that wasn’t that uncommon.”

However, Affleck side-stepped a question about actress Rose McGowan, who claims Weinstein raped her and also claims Affleck was aware of her assault. The actor said: “I don’t really want to get into other people’s individual stories because I feel like those are their stories and they’re entitled to tell as much or as little of those as they want. I believe Rose. I support her. I really like and admire her tenacity. And I wish her the best.”

Affleck, who’s been accused of sexual misconduct and has apologized, took a moment to reflect on his past. “There’s plenty of jokes I wouldn’t have made or things I wouldn’t have done.”

He continued: “It’s just a time when — there’s just a heightened level of awareness, and that means one of the good things about that is the self-consciousness of, How am I fitting into the world here? How are my actions affecting other people? How is this interaction going to leave this person feeling?”

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