"It's not something I would do, for anybody". Affleck and Damon two took home an Oscar for the film, which they wrote and starred in together.
The New York Times was moving forward with a story about Harvey Weinstein's sexual misconduct in 2004, until Weinstein ratcheted up pressure on the newspaper, according to a report in TheWrap by former New York Times reporter Sharon Waxman. Her tweet asked Damon and Crowe: "Have u seen this article?". Whether it didn't jibe with her story line.
Damon has told Deadline that his link to it has been misconstrued. "He has organized our premiere in Italy and so I knew him in a professional capacity and I'd had dinner at his house", said Damon. Waxman says her original report quoted "multiple accounts [that Lombardo] had no film experience and his real job was to take care of Weinstein's women needs, among other things". Can you tell her that he was a professional and you had a good experience, and that was it.
Added the actor, "As I recall, her piece just said that Russell and I had called and relayed our experience with Fabrizio". That was the extent of it and so I was very surprised to see it come back. "The story I reported never ran", Waxman wrote. Arquette described a 1990s incident at a Beverly Hills hotel in which Weinstein tried to make her give him a massage and then attempted to lead her hand to his penis.
On Tuesday, the New Yorker published its own story, which included stories from women alleging rape and misconduct by Weinstein.
"But the other part of this, the part we're hearing now about eight women being paid off, I didn't hear anything about that and I don't know anyone that did", said Clooney.
"My experience with [Lombardo] was all above board and that's what I told her", Damon reiterated.
Waxman stands by her claim, but nonetheless bowed before the Gray Lady, saying she "didn't mean to start World War III" - after all, there's a limit to how critical one can be of the venerable New York Times in the liberal world of journalism.
The movie star also tells Deadline Waxman apologised to him after the article was published, adding, "She claimed she was in her auto with her kids when I talked to her". This is the kind of sexual predation that keeps me up at night. In a statement to The New Yorker, a spokesperson for the producer said, "Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances". "Mr. Weinstein obviously can't speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr. Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual", said Hofmeister.
His spokeswoman Sallie Hofmeister added that Weinstein "has begun counseling, has listened to the community and is pursuing a better path" with the hope that one day he's given "a second chance". "That's not true", he stated.
In the interview, Damon emphasizes that he does not condone behavior like Weinstein's and that he did not know what was going on behind closed doors.
"I will peel my eyes back now, [farther] than I ever have, to look for this type of behaviour. I feel frightful for these women and it's wonderful they have this incredible courage and are standing up now".
"This kind of stuff can't happen", he said. "The additional allegations of assault that I read this morning made me sick". Even now, political heavyweights such as former US President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have not commented on Weinstein, who was a long-time donor to their campaigns, despite many Democrats denouncing the former movie mogul.
That's the star's contention after being drawn into the new Hollywood game show "Who Knew Harvey Weinstein Was a Bad Actor?" In the article, Rosanna Arquette and Mira Sorvino are among those who claim Weinstein sexually harassed them.