During an interview on ABC’s Popcorn with Peter Travers, Matt Damon dished on the wave of sexual assault, harassment, rape, and intimidation allegations in the entertainment industry as of late. While speaking with Peter, Damon allegedly made “controversial” remarks, including statements which were condemned by organizations such as Vulture.
While talking with the host, Damon said misconduct is an umbrella of a term, with many types of behavior beneath it. The actor emphasized the differences between, for example, rape, and inappropriate comments.
The actor said harassment isn’t the same as “child molestation,” and various transgressions should have separate punishments.
When speaking about the recently outed senator, Al Franken, Matt said we all should’ve waited for an Ethics Investigation to determine what should be done. Franken had to resign last week following accusations made by several women.
Additionally, Matt said while he doesn’t know Louis CK personally, he respected Louis’ apology and claimed “we can work with this,” because the comedian was willing to own up to his mistakes.
As you may know, the allegations which started the recent cascade were related to Harvey Weinstein who has now been accused by over 70 women. Damon said nobody knew how bad his behavior was. People just thought that he was “tough” and a “bully.”
In the past, Matt said he didn’t know anything about Harvey’s misconduct, but at a later date, the Good Will Hunting actor revealed that he knew Harvey had made a pass at Gwyneth Paltrow.
However, reportedly, Ben and Matt thought Weinstein simply propositioned her, rather than harassed or assaulted.
Unfortunately for the two actors, they are inextricably linked to Harvey Weinstein due to their relationship with Miramax, which funded several of their films. The same could be said for Kevin Smith, who recently announced he would donate the residual funds from his Weinstein-produced movies to Women In Film – a non-profit organization dedicated to gender equality.