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Ben Affleck’s battle to stay sober is back in the public eye.

The Cambridge native was spotted by TMZ looking unsteady on his feet while wearing a Halloween mask in Los Angeles over the weekend, with the gossip site publishing video of the actor stumbling before clutching a car to maintain his balance on Saturday night.

When paparazzi caught up with Affleck on Sunday morning, the actor admitted to a “slip” before heading into what multiple publications reported was the house of his ex-wife, Jennifer Garner.

“It happens. It was a slip,” Affleck said. “But I’m not going to let it derail me.”

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On the same day Affleck was spotted by paparazzi, the actor discussed his sobriety on Instagram, asking his followers to donate to The Midnight Mission, a Los Angeles-based non-profit that helps homeless individuals and others who “have lost direction.”

In the same post, the actor also acknowledged that he has been dating, seemingly alluding to a Page Six article that unearthed his profile on Raya, an exclusive, members-only app used for dating and professional networking by those in the entertainment industry.

“HA, you got me. I’m dating,” Affleck wrote. “But let’s be serious for a moment and talk about something that is actually important. I have been in recovery for over a year and part of that is helping out others. @themidnightmission is an incredible organization that helps those in need with housing, training, development and recovery. I’m making a donation today because there are people battling addiction every day that don’t have the resources and need help.”


Kevin Slane can be reached at kevin.slane@gmail.com.