Matt Damon already knew Weinstein harassed Gwyneth Paltrow

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Actor Matt Damon attends a news conference to promote the film "Suburbicon" at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in Toronto, Canada, September 10, 2017. "I never talked to Gwyneth about it-Ben told me", Damon told ABC News's Michael Strahan.

"When people say everybody knew, yeah, I knew that he was an asshole", the actor continued. "You only had to spend five minutes with Harvey Weinstein to know he was a bully; he was intimidating".

What Damon didn't know, which he said in earlier rebukes of the producer, was the "level of criminal sexual predation".

But the idea that this predator, this assaulter was out there silencing women like that, it's beyond infuriating.

"I didn't really think that they were going to have affairs with Harvey, quite honestly".

"There has to be some good that comes out of all of this and the good is going to have to be that women feel safe to speak up, that they are believed and hopefully be enough that it scares any man who would behave like that from doing it".


Since allegations first surfaced in the Times, over 40 women - including actresses Lupita Nyong'o, Lea Seydoux and Sean Young - have accused Weinstein of harassment and assault.

Clooney then detailed how he wants to get to the bottom of the scandal. The 56-year-old Hollywood star said having children is not necessary to fully understand the horror of the Weinstein scandal. Weinstein maintains all sexual activity was freely given and not coerced. "I wouldn't want to be married to the guy, but that's not my business really", he added. If it were the case that he had overlooked any instances of inappropriate behavior, however, Damon said that he apologizes.

Damon revealed that he had heard of Gwyneth Paltrow's encounter with Weinstein from friend Ben Affleck, though he had been under the impression that Paltrow had come to "an agreement or understanding" following the incident.

Matt Damon defended his time working with Harvey Weinstein by echoing what many have recently said.

Damon just appeared on "Good Morning America" and clarified how much he knew about his "Good Will Hunting" producer's sexual misconduct. "Miramax was THE place making extraordinary stuff in the 90's", defened Damon, who worked regularly with the Hollywood head honcho at the focal point of a Hollywood sex embarrassment. The actor claimed that if Harvey Weinstein was involved in sexual abuse in public, such as the Golden Globe Awards, or anywhere that Damon would have been a witness, he would have stopped it.

"People who worked for him were, like, "I'm coming to make good movies". That was his legend; that was his whole MO (method of operation): Could you survive a meeting with Harvey?

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