The Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal is slowly materializing into an avalanche, a pivotal moment that could lead to a mass uncovering of sexual abuses and cover-ups for high-profile figures.
Celebrities who knew Weinstein for several decades, many of whom got their start in movies he produced while head of Miramax, deny knowing that Harvey Weinstein allegedly ran a casting couch or engaged in lewd conduct toward unsuspecting women.
One such celebrity, longtime Weinstein associate Ben Affleck, has come under serious scrutiny for suggesting he wasn't aware of the movie mogul's behavior. After the controversy swelled to epic proportions, Ben Affleck said the news hit him like a deer caught in the headlights.
"I am saddened and angry that a man who I worked with used his position of power to intimidate, sexually harass and manipulate many women over decades," Affleck said. "The additional allegations of assault that I read this morning made me sick."
Rose McGowan, one of Weinstein's accusers who settled out of court in the late 90s, immediately hit back at Affleck, calling him a liar. McGowan claims that Affleck, whom she acted alongside with in two movies that Weinstein produced, knew full well of his behavior and even told Weinstein to stop at one point.
The tension only escalated from there as a follower of McGowan's then pulled out the big guns and called out Affleck for groping actress Hilarie Burton while appearing on TRL, which Hilarie Burton then confirmed.
A video of the incident can be viewed here.
As tensions mounted, Affleck quickly apologized for "acting inappropriately" toward Hilarie Burton on social media.
Ben Affleck's brother, Oscar-winning Casey Affleck, has also faced scrutiny for allegations of sexual harassment, which were also settled out of court.