Matt Damon admits Ben Affleck told him stories about Harvey Weinstein's abuse
As more continues to be revealed about the long-time abuse of infamous producer Harvey Weinstein more is being asked of those closest to him. Matt Damon among them.
Damon rose to stardom during the nineties with the help of Weinstein. Then head of Miramax, Weinstein distributed Damon's "Good Will Hunting" which won he and co-writer Ben Affleck the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 1998.
"I was there kind of ... it was height of his power," Damon told Michael Strahan on Good Morning America. "You had to spend five minutes with him to know he was a bully, he was intimidating. That was his legend. That was his whole M.O. Could you survive a meeting with Harvey? Could you stand up for yourself with Harvey? The people who worked for him were like, 'I'm coming here to make good movies. Miramax was *the* place that was making great stuff in the nineties.
"So when people say 'everybody knew,' yeah, I knew that he was an asshole. 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, but that's not my business, really. But this level of criminal sexual predation is not something that I ever thought was going on. Absolutely not."
Damon went on to explain how he had heard about Weinstein's behavior in regards to Gwyneth Paltrow through close friend Affleck. Paltrow dated Affleck in the nineties after she broke off an engagement with Brad Pitt.
"I knew the story about Gwyneth from Ben because he was with her after Brad," Damon said. "But I was working with Gwyneth, with Harvey, on [The Talented Mr. Ripley]. I never talked to Gwyneth about it. Ben told me, but I knew that they had come to whatever agreement or understanding they had come to. She had handled it. She was the 'First Lady of Miramax,' and he treated her incredibly respectfully. Always."