Yesterday, we reported that The Wrap founder Sharon Waxman had accused The New York Occasions of backing down from a narrative she had written in 2004 that may have uncovered Weinstein’s alleged historical past of sexual abuse due to “intense stress” from high-profile figures within the film business—particularly actors Matt Damon and Russell Crowe. Waxman stated she had interviewed a lady who had settled with Weinstein after an “undesirable sexual encounter,” and the piece largely revolved round an govt on the Italian department of Miramax who had supposedly been paid simply to facilitate Weinstein’s alleged sexual misconduct. After Waxman was personally contacted by Damon and Crowe (and after Weinstein himself apparently visited the New York Occasions workplaces), the story was scrubbed of any particulars pertaining to the allegations in opposition to Weinstein.
Now, Damon has provided his aspect of the story to Deadline, and he denies purposefully making an attempt to bury any allegations in opposition to Weinstein. Damon doesn’t deny calling Waxman, however he says Weinstein advised him that she was writing a adverse story concerning the govt, who he had labored with on The Proficient Mr. Ripley, and he simply needed to clarify that this expertise with the man—Fabrizio Lombardo—was “all above board.” Damon claims he didn’t learn about any allegations in opposition to Weinstein or Lombardo, he was simply making an attempt to defend a man he had labored with in opposition to what he was advised was “a success job,” and the dialog solely lasted for 30 seconds anyway.
Both means, Damon has no real interest in defending Weinstein now. In a seemingly pointless justification, Damon explains that he is aware of sexual assault is unsuitable as a result of he’s the daddy of 4 daughters, and he provides that he wouldn’t “abide this sort of habits” even earlier than he turned well-known. Damon additionally says that he doesn’t purchase the tales that everyone knew about Weinstein’s alleged habits and purposefully stored it quiet, however he says he’s sorry if he was ever at an occasion or a gathering the place one of these factor was occurring with out him noticing it. To that finish, he notes that it’s essential for males to “be vigilant” for stuff like this, including, “I’ll peel my eyes again now, farther than I ever have, to search for one of these habits.”