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Last night on The Late Show, Stephen Colbert warmed up Ben Affleck with a few questions about Trump, Justice League, and his kids before diving into the most important question.
Colbert asked about Affleck’s close relationship with predator Harvey Weinstein, and Affleck reiterated his borrowed claim that he’s giving future residuals from Miramax and Weinstein Company to progressive organizations, to applause from the audience. Colbert then asked about the recent reports of harassment against a visibly uncomfortable Affleck, and he offered up the old “I don’t remember but I apologized” line and followed up with “I think the most important thing to do is to support the voices that are coming forward, believe them.”
This might have been Affleck trying to avoid another gaffe—he made a joke about sexual harassment during a recent Justice League interview, so maybe he hasn’t done that much soul-searching—but many people praised Colbert for asking him tough questions.
However, Colbert didn’t really go that deep. He didn’t ask about the multiple women by name (Affleck only referenced reports from Hilarie Burton, but didn’t say her name), and he didn’t ask about Affleck’s brother Casey, who settled with two women out of court in 2010 who said he sexually assaulted and harassed them, respectively. Colbert pushed him but Affleck got away fairly unscathed.
Now Colbert just needs to grill his old pal Louis C.K.
Audra Schroeder is the Daily Dot’s senior entertainment writer, and she focuses on streaming, comedy, and music. Her work has previously appeared in the Austin Chronicle, the Dallas Observer, NPR, ESPN, Bitch, and the Village Voice. She is based in Austin, Texas.