Matt Damon and George Clooney talked about the sexual abuse and harassment allegations against producing Harvey Weinstein while promoting their upcoming film Suburbicon in a segment on Good Morning America
“You had to spend about five minutes with him to know that he was a bully and he was intimidating…that was his whole kind of M.O,” Damon said. “When people say ‘everybody knew,’ yea I knew. I knew he was an asshole. He was proud of that. I knew he was a womanizer. I wouldn’t want to be married to the guy. This level of criminal sexual predation was not something I ever thought was going on.”
Later on, Damon admitted that he and Ben Affleck knew Gwyneth Paltrow was allegedly sexually harassed by Weinstein.
“I knew the story about Gwyneth from Ben because he was with her after [her relationship with] Brad [Pitt],” the Oscar winner said to Michael Strahan. “I never talked to Gwyneth about it. Ben told me. But I knew that they had come to whatever agreement or understanding that they had come to. She had handled it, and she was the first lady of Miramax. And he treated her incredibly respectfully, always.”
Paltrow revealed to The New York Times earlier this month that Weinstein invited her to his hotel suite in 1996 for a business meeting that ended with him asking for a massage. “I was a kid … I was petrified,” she said. The actress told then-boyfriend Pitt about the encounter, and he later confronted the former executive “very clearly and strongly and unequivocally” at a movie premiere.
Meanwhile, Clooney claimed that Weinstein had told him that he had different affairs with “some actresses who were friends of mine,” but Clooney did not believe him at the time. “The fact that the story is coming out now and the more it comes out, I want to know all of it,” he said on the show.