The Bachelor star Ben Flajnik is further elaborating on the controversial photos that show him apparently hooking up with other women during his recent split from Courtney Robertson. His explanation? A little dubious, at best.
Of the image that shows him clearly grabbing a female's rear end and kissing her, he says it was an old friend - and just a friendly butt pat, not a full-on, "I am attracted to you in a sexual manner" style arse grab. Mmmyeah.
The curvature of his hand does not suggest patting, but whatever:
"I have not hooked up with another woman - on my father's grave. Those women they mentioned are my friends in San Francisco," Ben Flajnik said on a conference call with reporters after The Bachelor season finale.
"But, Ben, there are photos of you clearly kissing someone and grabbing her rear," People's Monica Rizzo replied, to her credit.
"If you look at the pictures, I'm not kissing her. And that's a butt pat. My friends grab my butt. I'm physical and affectionate with friends - guys and girls," he insisted.
Again, look at the image above and decide for yourself.
"Maybe you just needed to let your hair down. [At the time] we were still in a rough place. But I believe he didn't cheat," added Courtney Robertson on the call.Us Weekly, which originally published the photos of Ben kissing and hanging around with different women during a single weekend in February, insists Flajnik's claims that he only met them the same month the photos were taken.
But Ben is clearly doubling down on his story, true or not.
"I'm not kissing those women in those photos. I'm not kissing those women. It's as simple as that. I mean, if you look at those photos, I'm not kissing anybody," Flajnik told Chris Harrison during the After the Final Rose special.
Why it's such a big deal to have kissed another girl after you split up with your fiancee is unclear - they were NOT together at the time of his alleged hookups.
Throwing around Clinton-esque half-truths just draws more scrutiny and hinders his ability to move on with Courtney now that they've gone public as a couple.
What do you think? Is Ben lying? And does it matter at all?
More significantly, do he and Courtney stand a chance?
[Photo: Pacific Coast News]