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When the Harvey Weinstein story broke a few weeks ago, one of the first to be accused of ‘colluding’ in Hollywood to protect the famous producer was Mr Matt Damon, who, reportedly, had called the New York Times in 2004 to halt them from breaking the story about Weinstein back then already (which probably would have saved a lot of women some heartbreak and misery over the following 13 years).
Mr Damon has commented on that story to the magazine Deadline last week, saying: “For the record, I would never, ever, ever try to kill a story like that. I just wouldn’t do that. It’s not something I would do, for anybody.”
This now seems a bit odd, given that he has admitted to knowing (and thus keeping silent) about Weinstein’s behaviour as from 1999.
In an interview with ABC, he admitted: “I knew the story about Gwyneth from Ben because he was with her after Brad Pitt, so I knew that story. I never talked to Gwyneth about it, Ben told me. But I knew that they had come to whatever, you know, agreement or understanding that they had come to, she had handled it. She was, you know, the first lady of Miramax. And he treated her incredibly respectfully.”
Ms Paltrow and Mr Damon starred together in the Harvey Weinstein produced “The Talented Mr. Ripley” in 1999.
Mr Damon now calls the fallen film mogul an “a–hole” and “womanizer.”
“So people say, ‘everybody knew,’ like, yeah I knew,” Mr Damon went on “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 the criminal sexual predation is not something that I ever thought was going on. Absolutely not.”
Mr Weinstein hooked up Mr Damon with a three-movie deal in the 1990s after his success in “The Talented Mr. Ripley”.