Last month, during an interview, actor Matt Damon, suggested that claims of sexual harassment should be viewed differently from allegations of sexual assault. These comments stirred many women who criticized the actor for his ignorance and lack of understanding. Now it seems that the Oscar winner is backing down from his previous statement saying that he will be jumping in the back seat and will keep his mouth shut.
Damon addressed his controversial remarks on Tuesday on the Today show.
“I really wish I’d listened a lot more before I weighed in on this,” said the Downsizing actor, “Ultimately what it is for me is that I don’t want to further anybody’s pain…so for that I’m really sorry.”
Previously, Damon said that there’s a difference between sexual harassment and sexual assault, suggesting that there is a “continuum” when it comes to questionable behavior. The Goodwill Hunting actor said that people would have to find a limit to what is considered criminal behavior and what is considered “shameful and gross”. In the interview, Damon also compared the allegations against Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, and Louis CK. More so, the Oscar winner said that most men with whom he had worked with are innocent people and that the industry should focus more on them.
Among the actresses who stepped in to criticize Matt Damon were Alyssa Milano and even Damon’s Good Will Hunting, co-star, Minnie Driver.
There are so many men I love who do NOT frame the differentiation between sexual misconduct assault and rape as an excuse or worse- our problem. Such bollocks..
— Minnie Driver (@driverminnie) December 15, 2017
In his current interview, Damon confessed that he was a lot of friends who have been sexually assaulted or harassed and that he supports their movement.
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