Hollywood actor Matt Damon has denied the allegations that he tried to kill a 2004 The New York Times story about allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct. Speaking to Deadline, Damon admits that he is “sick to his stomach” and that there is “great fear” around.
“Look, even before I was famous, I didn’t abide this kind of behavior. But now, as the father of four daughters, this is the kind of sexual predation that keeps me up at night. We know this stuff goes on in the world. I did five or six movies with Harvey. I never saw this. I think a lot of actors have come out and said, everybody’s saying we all knew. That’s not true. This type of predation happens behind closed doors and out of public view. If there was ever an event that I was at and Harvey was doing this kind of thing and I didn’t see it, then I am so deeply sorry, because I would have stopped it. And I will peel my eyes back now, father than I ever have, to look for this type of behavior. Because we know that it happens. I feel horrible for these women and it’s wonderful they have this incredible courage and are standing up now.”
Weinstein has been facing a barrage of accusations from former women employees and actresses, with actresses like Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie speaking up about the harassment they faced from him when they were starting out.
Further, in an exclusive investigative report carried out by The New Yorker, Ronan Farrow spoke to 13 women who have alleged sexual assault and harassment by Weinstein.
“The story, however, is more complex, and there is more to know and to understand. In the course of a ten-month investigation, I was told by thirteen women that, between the nineteen-nineties and 2015, Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them, allegations that corroborate and overlap with the Times’ revelations, and also include far more serious claims:” the report stated.
According to the report, three women even alleged that Weinstein raped them and forced them to perform or receive oral and vaginal sex. The latest expose could get Weinstein under serious legal trouble.
Paltrow said that she was summoned to his hotel suite, where he placed his hands on her and suggested massages in his bedroom. This was when she was filming for Emma in 1996.
Angelina Jolie, too, in an email-interview, said that she too faced faced harassment from Hollywood’s top producer. “I had a bad experience with Weinstein in my youth, and as a result, chose never to work with him again and warn others when they did. This behaviour towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable.”
Since last week, a small army of women have begun coming forward as they chronicled decades of boorish sexual harassment by the powerful Hollywood producer.
Weinstein, 65, admitted to bad behaviour – and said that his wife, Gerogina Chapman, 41, was sticking by him. “She stands 100 per cent behind me,” Weinstein told The Post as the scandal erupted. “Georgina and I have talked about this at length.” However, as of yesterday, Chapman has decided to separate herself from him amid these sexual harassment accusations.
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