Published: Mon, October 23, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Matt Damon knew Weinstein sexually harassed Gwyneth Paltrow

Matt Damon knew Weinstein sexually harassed Gwyneth Paltrow

She had handled it, and she was the first lady of Miramax. But the criminal sexual predation is not something that I ever thought was going on. The actress and entrepreneur accused him of making advances when she was 22 years old and set to star in the film "Emma", allegedly "placing his hands on her" and suggesting she give him a massage in a private hotel room. The actress told then-boyfriend Pitt about the alleged encounter, and he later confronted the former executive "very clearly and strongly and unequivocally" at a movie premiere, a source confirmed to Us Weekly.

George Clooney wants women to "finally feel safe" to talk about abuse they may have received by men in Hollywood. George's pal Matt Damon and Julianne Moore take the leading roles.

"I knew the story about Gwyneth [Paltrow] from Ben [Affleck] because he was with her after Brad [Pitt] and so I knew that story", Damon said.

Damon, who co-starred in the Weinstein-produced "The Talented Mr. Ripley" in 1999 with Paltrow, said he learned of her allegations through his friend Ben Affleck. I knew he was a womanizer.

He called for fundamental changes and said even his wife has seen the harassment, "My wife is a very smart, very together, very accomplished human rights lawyer and she said there have been times in my life, in the law community I had to tell someone to knock it off, so it happens everywhere". "When people say, 'Everybody knew, ' like yeah, I knew he was an a-hole".

In defending his professional relationship with Weinstein, Damon began: "You only had to spend five minutes with Harvey Weinstein to know he was a bully; he was intimidating". "I think they're on notice".

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"That was his legend; that was his whole MO: Could you survive a meeting with Harvey?"

Meanwhile, "Gravity" star George, who has already spoken out about the Harvey Weinstein scandal, said he hopes the scandal will make the film industry a safer place for women.

The A-lister was just one of many to come out to accuse Harvey of sexual harassment.

"It's not endemic only to Hollywood, it's all over the world and I don't know if we want to reach a conclusion, what we want to do is empower women to speak out about what's going on and let them know that they're not alone, that this is behaviour that should not be acceptable", she said. "I didn't really trust him, truly, on the grounds that to accept is trust the most exceedingly terrible of a few on-screen characters who were companions of mine".

Apart from Paltrow's experience, Damon said he never heard about Weinstein's "darkness", as the producer allegedly preyed on women in private.

"This isn't a Hollywood problem, this exists in all kinds of other arenas as we know and we've all seen".

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