As Hollywood reels from the fallout from the Harvey Weinstein scandal, one question keeps popping up.
It is: Which powerful man in the industry will be the next to face bad P.R. or even career ruin over his own history of sexual misconduct or for helping to maintain a culture that protects predatory male behavior and conspires to silence the victims?
Creative Artists Agency co-chair Bryan Lourd, with Ben Affleck and Harvey Weinstein, at the 18th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards in 2013. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for BFCA)
For the time being it looks like Ben Affleck could be the next rich and famous man to fall. Right now, he’s facing the wrath of female stars and other women who are harnessing the power of social media to call out him and other men out on their you-know-what.
On Tuesday, the “Batman” star unsuccessfully tried to atone for the sins of movie mogul Weinstein, a frequent collaborator and perhaps the man most responsible for helping to launch his lucrative career by producing and promoting 1997’s “Good Will Hunting.”
In a Facebook statement, Affleck wrote that he was “saddened and angry” by the claims of Weinstein’s systematic abuse of power. Affleck said that the “additional allegations of assault” left him feeling “sick.”
However, Affleck’s statement was viewed by many as coming way too late — nearly a week after multiple allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Weinstein were publicly revealed in the New York Times.
Actress Rose McGowan, Affleck’s co-star in the Weinstein-produced 1998 film “Phantoms,” immediately took to Twitter to call him a liar. McGowan was one of eight women revealed in the New York Times expose to have reached a settlement with Weinstein over a sexual harassment claim.
YOU ALL KNEW pic.twitter.com/5l1t2HWxgT
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 11, 2017
Incidentally, McGowan announced Wednesday that had her Twitter account had been suspended, after she told Affleck “f— off” in tweet, People reported. No reason has thus far been given for the suspension, which can occur if tweets have been reported to Twitter as violating the company’s “rules surrounding abuse.”
But in addition to McGowan’s tweets, social media outrage against Affleck poured in from other quarters, accompanied by replays and retweets of not one, but two, recently unearthed videos of TV appearances the actor made in 2003 and 2004.
The first clip from 2003 shows actress Hilarie Burton, then 19, claiming Affleck grabbed …
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