Matt Damon said he wasn’t aware of the level of sexual abuse allegations against former film studio executive and film producer Harvey Weinstein but Damon knew that Weinstein was “womanizer” and “a_hole.”
Damon opened up about the time when Weinstein released breakout film of Damon named Good Will Hunting by his former company Miramax in 1990’s. He said, “You had to spend five minutes with him to know he was a bully, he was intimidating. That was his legend. That was his whole M.O. Could you survive a meeting with Harvey? Could you stand up for yourself with Harvey?”
Damon told ABC News, “When people say everybody knew, yeah, I knew he was an a_hole. He was proud of that. That’s how he carried himself.” He added, “I knew he was a womanizer. I wouldn’t want to be married to the guy, but that’s not my business, really. But this level of criminal sexual predation is not something that I ever thought was going on. Absolutely not.”
Up to 40 women have come in front till now and accused Weinstein of sexual harassment, the list of the victims includes actress Gwyneth Paltrow.
Damon said on Monday, he had heard about Paltrow’s allegations by Ben Affleck against Weinstein. In addition, Ben dated actress Paltrow after she had broken up with her then-boyfriend Brad Pitt. Damon said, “I knew that story, but I was working with Gwyneth, with Harvey, on (The Talented Mr. Ripley) … I never talked to Gwyneth about it. Ben told me, but I knew that they had come to whatever agreement or understanding they had come to. She had handled it. She was the First Lady of Miramax, and he treated her incredibly respectfully. Always.”
“If there was ever an event or something that I was at, in public with Harvey, and he was doing this kind of thing and I missed it? And there’s some woman who was somehow assaulted, and it was at the Golden Globes, and I somehow missed it? Then I’m sorry,” he added.