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Matt Damon Admits He Knew That Gwyneth Paltrow Was Sexually Harassed By Harvey Weinstein

As stories continue to pour out of Hollywood about widespread sexual abuse perpetrated by powerful men against aspiring actresses, Matt Damon appeared on Good Morning America with George Clooney to talk with ABC News' Michael Strahan about Harvey Weinstein. During the interview, Damon kinda sorta admitted he knew Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed Gwyneth Paltrow.

Damon's account goes something like, "I knew someone who knew someone who told me, but I never really knew, you know?"

Damon explained how he definitely didn't hear about it from Paltrow when they worked together on The Talented Mr. Ripley. Instead, he heard it from his buddy Ben Affleck, who dated Paltrow after she and Brad Pitt split up.

According to Damon:

I knew the story about Gwyneth from Ben, because he was with her after Brad, so I knew that story, 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 she had handled it and she was the first lady of Miramax. He treated her incredibly respectfully. Always.

According to Paltrow, she had just taken the lead role in Emma when Weinstein asked her to come see him at the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel for a work meeting. When she arrived, he put his hands on her shoulders and told her they should go to the bedroom and give each other massages. Paltrow refused and left the hotel. Later she told then-boyfriend Brad Pitt about the incident. Pitt, who was a well-known star at the time, confronted Weinstein. 

After the confrontation with Pitt, Weinstein warned Paltrow not to tell anyone else.

Perhaps that's what Damon meant by an agreement or an understanding and that Paltrow had handled it? Either way, at least three men — Pitt, Affleck, and Damon — knew Weinstein had harassed Paltrow.

Paltrow said about the harassment:

I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified. I thought he was going to fire me.


Damon went on to say that Weinstein didn't do this out in the open, adding:

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 may have missed the 50+ women who have come forward with similar stories, mostly involving Weinstein luring them to hotel rooms under false pretenses and then stripping naked, asking for massages, or wanting them to watch him bathe and/or masturbate in front of them. 

But no women have come forward with stories about sexual assault on the red carpet, so...

Needless to say, Damon's remarks aren't sitting too well with people:

H/T: Huffington Post, Twitter