Ben Affleck, Matt Damon Say They're Sickened By Harvey Weinstein Allegations

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Matt Damon says he didn't help kill a story about Harvey Weinstein's inappropriate behavior over a decade ago, and promises to "be vigilant" in outing sexual misconduct when he sees it.

The actor recalled that he knew Lombardo professionally while working on "The Talented Mr. Ripley".

"That was the extent of it and so I was very surprised to see it come back".

In an interview with Deadline on Tuesday, Damon pushed back against The Wrap writer Sharon Waxman's allegations that he and Crowe had called Waxman at Weinstein's urging in 2004, after she filed a New York Times story on Weinstein's allegedly predatory behavior.

Waxman said she traveled to Rome in 2004 to track down the head of Miramax Italy, Fabrizio Lombardo, whom she had been told "had no film experience and his real job was to take care of Weinstein's women needs, among other things".

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Damon's response to Waxman's report noted the call he made was related only to his interaction with Lombardo not Weinstein and that he was unaware of the larger context of her investigation. So I did, and that's what I said to her. 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". "She was terrified to speak because of her non-disclosure agreement, but at least we had evidence of a payoff", Waxman writes. However, he was terminated from the production firm-of which he and brother Bob Weinstein own 42 percent-Sunday "in light of new information about misconduct".

"I feel awful for these women and it's wonderful they have this incredible courage and are standing up now", he said.

Waxman said she began to feel pressure to kill the story, including from Damon and Crowe who called her directly to vouch for the executive.

The top two editors at the time, Bill Keller and Jill Abramson, say they have no recollection of being pressured over Ms. Waxman's story.

In an interview with Deadline, Damon denied that he tried to impact the story, explaining that he had a one-minute phone call with Waxman that had nothing to do with Weinstein or allegations of sexual misconduct. I think a lot of actors have come out and said, everybody's saying we all knew. "But now, as the father of four daughters, this is the kind of sexual predation that keeps me up at night. I feel terrible for these women and it's wonderful they have this incredible courage and are standing up now".

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For his continued silence, Damon was called "a spineless profiteer" by actress Rose McGowan.

You can read Damon's full comments on Deadline.