A-list celebrity Matt Damon found himself in hot-water again Tuesday, doubling-down on previous comments and saying “men in Hollywood” need to be defended; adding that there’s a “s***load of guys who don’t do this kind of thing.”
The Hollywood celebrity raised eyebrows again this week, wading back into the national dialogue regarding powerful men and widespread accusations of sexual abuse just days after making other controversial statements.
“We’re in this watershed moment, and it’s great, but I think one thing that’s not being talked about is there are a whole s–tload of guys — the preponderance of men I’ve worked with — who don’t do this kind of thing and whose lives aren’t going to be affected,” Damon told Business Insider.
In the same interview, Damon was pressed over whether he’d quit an acting gig if producers, directors, or co-workers associated with the project were accused of sexual misconduct.
“I mean, I wouldn’t want to work with somebody who — life’s too short for that. But the question of if somebody had allegations against them, you know, it would be a case-by-case basis. You go, ‘What’s the story here?'”
Damon was roundly criticized by fellow celebrities and politicians last week after he seemingly defended men accused of sexual assault -such as comedian Louis CK and Al Franken- saying there’s a “spectrum” of different types of abuse.
HOLLYWEIRD: Matt Damon DEFENDS Sexual Predators, Cites ‘Spectrum' of Abuse
Hollywood celebrity Matt Damon finally opened up about the sexual scandals swirling around actors, politicians, and media pundits during a much-maligned interview this week; seemingly defending the growing list of sexual predators he’s been associated with for decades.
“I do believe that there’s a spectrum of behavior”
According to media website Vulture, the A-list actor was speaking with Peter Travers when he was pressed on his relationships with Harvey Weinstein, Ben Affleck, and others accused of widespread sexual misconduct.
His response was not what most people expected.
“I do believe that there’s a spectrum of behavior,” said Damon. “And we’re going to have to figure — you know, there’s a difference between, you know, patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation, right? Both of those behaviors need to be confronted and eradicated without question, but they shouldn’t be conflated, right?”
Damon went on to defend multiple alleged predators, including comedian Louis CK and disgraced Sen. Al Franken.
“I don’t know Louis C.K.. I’ve never met him. I’m a fan of his, but I don’t imagine he’s going to do those things again. You know what I mean?” asked Damon.
“I personally would have preferred if they had an Ethics Committee investigation, you know what I mean?” said the actor regarding Franken. “It’s like at what point — you know, we’re so energized to kind of get retribution, I think.”
Read the shocking transcript here.
HOLLYWOOD SILENCE: Matt Damon Comes Clean on Weinstein Sex Scandal
A-list celebrity and Hollywood celebrity Matt Damon admitted this week that he had heard at least “one accusation” against disgraced studio executive Harvey Weinstein, but chose to remain silent.
According to Fox News, Damon had previously asserted that he “never saw” any questionable behavior relating to the Hollywood big shot, but now admits he knew allegations made by actress Gwyneth Paltrow regarding his ‘Good Will Hunting’ producer.
“I knew the story about Gwyneth from Ben [Affleck] because he was with her after Brad [Pitt], so I knew that story,” Damon said Monday. “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.”
“So people say, ‘everybody knew,’ like, yeah I knew,” Damon admitted. “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.”
Damon’s comments come nearly two weeks after he told reporters he “never saw” that type of behavior, adding “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.”