Matt Damon Ruffles Feathers With Sexual Harassment Comments

Lawrence Kim
December 16, 2017

You know, we see somebody like Al Franken.

'I mean, look at the guy. Of course he's a womanizer.

During the interview, Damon also spoke about the differing allegations levelled at figures like Louis CK, Harvey Weinstein and Al Franken.

Weinstein was sacked from his own production company and expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. About sexual misconduct, that is.

But he warned against tarring all offenders with the same brush. He continued, "I do believe there's a spectrum of behavior... Both of those behaviors need to be confronted and eradicated without question, but they shouldn't be conflated", he said. What if we waited for the Ethics Committee investigation and they just confirmed the stories about all the women.

However, the A-lister then insisted that there is a "spectrum of behavior" and suggested that not all misconduct should result in loss of work. "None of us came here flawless'".

I don't know Louis C.K.

"When (C.K.) came out and said, 'I did this". I'm a fan of his, but I don't imagine he's going to do those things again. "These women are all telling the truth".

Discussing the scandal that has engulfed the industry since allegations arose against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, he told the show: "We're in this watershed moment and I think it's great".

There are so many great men and women in the movie business, so many great people ... and these rotten, disgusting apples are getting weeded out right now ... It's probably better to teach kids and society as a whole to proactively take responsibility for your actions - not only when you're caught.

Damon also said that while he's never met Louis C.K. - who admitted to masturbating in front of multiple women without their consent - he sensed the comedian will make changes in the aftermath of his scandal.

'I don't imagine he's going to do those things again, ' he added. I'll pay it, but you can never talk about this again. I just think that we have to kind of start delineating between what these behaviors are'.

Leann Tweeden was the first to accuse Franken of misconduct and released a photo of Franken appearing to put his hands on her chest while she was asleep.

He shared his opinion and explained how Franken and Weinstein belong to the different categories, he said, "When you see Al Franken taking a picture putting his hands on that woman's flak jacket and mugging for the camera... that is just like a awful joke, and it's not amusing".

'It's wrong, and he shouldn't have done that ... So they don't belong in the same category.

Damon is now on a press tour in support of his upcoming film, Downsizing.

That was smart. That was a total business decision by [Scott] Ridley.

He added that in the era of social media, where leaks are more likley, the time of confidentially agreements was over. They would've said absolutely no.

The actor, who worked with the 65-year-old producer on Good Will Hunting, pointed out that people who made movies with Weinstein were not aware of his sexual misconduct.

But he acknowledged that even that might not be enough. "As you were saying, that's not true". "That stuff happened secretly because it was criminal and he knew it". However, during the same interview, he said he'd heard years ago that Weinstein allegedly repeatedly tried to pressure Gwyneth Paltrow into sex. I know the real story if it's my friend.

Damon appears to be speaking hypothetically when he says he would have been especially anxious if he had a big movie coming out: "We would then go to mediation and organize a settlement".

"The Louis C.K. thing, I don't know all the details", Damon explained. He was intimidating. That was his - that was his legend.

'Like could you survive a meeting with Harvey. "It depends what's going on", Damon said. I mean, he was proud of that. You are not taking my name and my reputation from me. That's how he carried himself'.

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