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Pic of Affleck Was 'Tipping Point' for Ex's Intervention

Report says Jennifer Garner drove him to 3rd stint in rehab Wednesday after photo of him with booze
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 23, 2018 6:11 AM CDT
In this Nov. 14, 2016, file photo, Ben Affleck poses at the premiere of the film "Manchester by the Sea" in Beverly Hills, Calif.   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – The "tipping point" that led Jennifer Garner to stage an intervention and get estranged husband Ben Affleck into rehab came from a photo. That's what sources tell TMZ, which reports the 46-year-old actor left his home in Pacific Palisades, Calif., on Wednesday with Garner and an unidentified woman and headed to a rehab facility somewhere in Los Angeles County, where he's reportedly staying for an "extended period of time." Per People, which notes this would be Affleck's third time in rehab, Garner was "upset and shaken" and behind the wheel as the trio drove away from the home. TMZ notes a picture of Affleck earlier this week meeting a delivery man with what appeared to be a box filled with hard liquor and beer seems to have concerned Garner and led her to intervene. A source tells People that Affleck "is seeking treatment. He knew he needed help and was vocal about it."

The couple, who have three kids together, have been separated since 2015 but haven't yet divorced, and Harper's Bazaar notes Affleck's struggles to stay sober may be keeping Garner from making a final split. "Jen is hesitant to sign off until she's certain that the kids will be in the best hands at all time," a source in July told Us Weekly, which notes Affleck was spotted earlier this month going to an AA meeting. Affleck is said to have recently split with girlfriend Lindsay Shookus and has been seen of late around town with 22-year-old Playmate Shauna Sexton, who tells People her drink of choice is "whiskey all day." "I have completed treatment for alcohol addiction; something I've dealt with in the past and will continue to confront," Affleck posted on social media in March 2017. "I want to live life to the fullest and ... my kids to know there is no shame in getting help when you need it." (Read more Ben Affleck stories.)

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