Matt Damon says that he was aware of Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual harassment of Gwyneth Paltrow (opens in new tab). During an interview with Good Morning America's Michael Strahan on Monday, Damon explained that he found out about the incident because Paltrow dated Ben Affleck—Damon's friend and frequent collaborator—shortly after.
"I knew the story about Gwyneth from Ben because he was with her after Brad [Pitt]," Damon said. "But I was working with Gwyneth and Harvey on [The Talented Mr] Ripley."
"He didn't do it out in the open." - Matt Damon on Harvey Weinstein: https://t.co/fBSMwurc1A pic.twitter.com/oj1xEPTapzOctober 23, 2017
Per The New York Times (opens in new tab), Paltrow was dating Pitt at the time of her alleged harassment by Weinstein, and told him about the incident, prompting Pitt to confront Weinstein at a theater premiere.
Damon said that he never spoke to Paltrow himself about the alleged incident. "Ben told me, but I knew that they had come to whatever agreement or understanding they had come to," he explained. "She had handled it and she was the first lady of Miramax and he treated her incredibly respectfully always."
Damon also said that having worked with Weinstein on several films, he found the studio head to be a "bully" and a "womanizer." The actor claimed he was unaware of the multiple other allegations against Weinstein, and unaware that Weinstein's treatment of Paltrow was part of a pattern.
Affleck spoke out about the allegations against Weinstein earlier this month, writing on Facebook (opens in new tab): "I am saddened and angry that a man who I worked with used his position of power to intimidate, sexually harass and manipulate many women over decades."
In response to The New York Times' initial article published October 5, Weinstein issued a statement partially acknowledging the accusations (opens in new tab), saying, “I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it." His attorney Charles Harder said in a statement that The New York Times’ story “is saturated with false and defamatory statements about Harvey Weinstein," and threatened to sue the paper (opens in new tab). Lisa Bloom, another lawyer advising Weinstein, said in a statement that “he denies many of the accusations as patently false.” Both Bloom and Harder have since resigned from representing Weinstein.
Emma Dibdin is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles who writes about culture, mental health, and true crime. She loves owls, hates cilantro, and can find the queer subtext in literally anything.
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