Matt Damon published right through a wide-ranging “Good Morning America” interview that he discovered that Harvey Weinstein had sexually pressured Gwyneth Paltrow from her boyfriend on the time, Ben Affleck.
The actor weighed in at the mounting allegations of sexual attack and harassment in opposition to the disgraced Hollywood manufacturer at the morning display Monday along George Clooney.
Damon, who distanced himself from Weinstein previous this month, mentioned he had heard concerning the aggravating stumble upon across the time he and Paltrow have been filming 1999′s “The Talented Mr. Ripley.”
“I knew the story about Gwyneth [Paltrow] from Ben [Affleck], because he was with her after Brad [Pitt], so I knew that story,” Damon mentioned. “But I was working with Gwyneth with Harvey on ‘Ripley.’ I never talked to Gwyneth about it. Ben told me.”
“I knew that they had come to whatever agreement or understanding that they had come to,” the actor persisted. “She had handled it and she was the first lady of Miramax. He treated her incredibly respectfully. Always.”
Paltrow is certainly one of dozens of actresses who’ve come ahead in contemporary weeks with tales of sexual misconduct involving Weinstein. The actress and entrepreneur accused him of making advances when she was once 22 years previous and set to megastar within the movie “Emma,” allegedly “placing his hands on her” and suggesting she give him a therapeutic massage in a non-public lodge room.
“He didn’t do it out in the open,” Damon informed “GMA.” “If there was ever an event where there was something I was at with Harvey in public and he was doing this thing and I missed it, and there’s some woman who was somehow assaulted and was at the Golden Globes or something and I somehow missed it, then I’m sorry.”
Damon and Affleck have each come below hearth for his or her shut ties to Weinstein within the fallout of the scandal. Reports claimed that the “Bourne Ultimatum” actor killed an incriminating tale about Weinstein again in 2004, whilst actress Rose McGowan, who accused the manufacturer of rape, maintains that Affleck had prior wisdom about his conduct.
Damon has denied protecting Weinstein in any capability, whilst Affleck has but to handle the claims after apologizing for his personal harassment scandal involving actress Hilarie Burton.
Apart from Paltrow’s revel in, Damon mentioned he by no means heard about Weinstein’s “darkness,” because the manufacturer allegedly preyed on girls in non-public. However, he concedes that he was once greater than conscious about Weinstein’s notorious popularity.
“You had to spend about five minutes with him to know that he was a bully and he was intimidating. That was his legend. That whole kind of M.O,” Damon mentioned. “When people say ‘everybody knew,’ yeah, I knew. I knew he was an a**hole. He was proud of that. That’s how he carried himself. I knew he was a womanizer. I wouldn’t want to be married to the guy, but it’s not my business really, but this level of criminal sexual predation was not something I ever thought was going on.”
Damon broke his silence on Weinstein’s alleged conduct previous this month, condemning the manufacturer’s movements and expressing his beef up for the alleged sufferers.
“This would have been a difficult past couple of days even if my name hadn’t been dragged into it. I am not the story here,” he mentioned. “The story is these women and what happened to them. So if I’m experiencing this discomfort, it hardly bears mention. There are some real victims here and they are being incredibly brave. Hopefully, them going through this experience right now will help them heal. They are who we all should be thinking about.”
Watch clips from the interview beneath.