Stephen Colbert asked Ben Affleck about his past sexual misconduct – last month, the actor apologized for groping Hilarie Burton on camera in 2003 – and his reaction to the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault allegations on The Late Show on Thursday.
Good Will Hunting, the film that launched Affleck to stardom, was released by Miramax, a company co-founded by Weinstein.
When asked about Weinstein, Affleck said “It was awful to see the extent of [his] terrible crimes and it was hideous.” Affleck has decided to donate residuals from movies he made for Miramax early in his career – Chasing Amy, Good Will Hunting, Shakespeare in Love – to charitable organizations.
“I thought I understood the extent of the problem, and I thought I had a handle on it,” Affleck told Colbert.
“The most important thing to do is to support the voices coming forward, believe them and create a business w women are empowered so less of this happens and w t is a way of reporting this stuff,” Affleck said.
Colbert did not ask the actor about Rose McGowan, the actress who accused Affleck of lying about his knowledge of Weinstein’s alleged sexual assaults.
Affleck dodged questions about McGowan’s comments on Today.
Affleck is doing the rounds in support of the new movie Justice League, which opens on Friday.