A touchy-feely 2004 interview between Ben Affleck and Quebec TV host Anne-Marie Losique is making the rounds following accusations from actress Hilarie Burton that the Batman actor groped her more than a decade ago.
The widely-circulated interview for “Jersey Girl” shows Affleck with Losique in his lap, squeezing her and making comments about her breasts, among other inappropriate sexual remarks. The interview was filmed for the Quebec entertainment show “Box-Office” and now, Losique is saying their actions during the segment was all an act, adding the video is being taken largely out of context.
“This was for the camera,” she tells The Hollywood Reporter about the video in which Affleck suggests viewers would like her show more if she conducted the interview topless. “You have to understand that we have done dozens and dozens of interviews like that. It was for a show I was producing, so I was not at all a victim. When the cameras rolled, we would start to do that game. As soon as it stopped rolling, there was none of that. He never touched me in any improper way. He was very respectful, I must say.”
The video resurfaced a day after Affleck condemned the actions of Harvey Weinstein which in turn inflamed several accusations against the actor. Burton claimed Affleck groped her breast during an appearance on MTV’s “Total Request Live” in 2003. The actor subsequently apologized for acting “inappropriately.” Losique is upset her “Jersey Girl” interview is being circulated again within the context of sexual misconduct allegations.
“I can’t say I am thrilled to have that interview mixed in with the other stories because I don’t think that is at all the same thing,” she says of her Affleck interview. “It has been blown out of proportion. I know that people like fishing for anything, but this is completely out of context. I would like this to not have any negative impact on him. I find it sad.”
Losique adds there were 20 people in the room where the interview took place and both she and Affleck were aware the clip would be posted online and broadcast on TV.
While she’s not interested in being a part of misconduct claims against Affleck, she does have a personal Weinstein story.
“Yes, I met him quite a few times,” she recalls of meeting the big shot producer. “I knew he was a player. He did invite me once at the Toronto Film Festival to go up to his suite for an interview. Of course I did not go. And it stopped there. He said, ‘I would be more comfortable in my suite.’ I said, ‘Umm no.’ I am not saying something would have happened, but I made sure nothing happened.”