George Clooney and Matt Damon spoke out about Harvey Weinstein during a press tour for Suburbicon.
“You had to spend about five minutes with him to know that he was a bully,” Damon told ABC. “He was intimidating — that was his legend. When people say everybody knew, yeah I knew he was an asshole. He was proud of that.”
Damon, who worked with Weinstein on his breakout film Good Will Hunting, told ABC News he had learned of Gwyneth Paltrow’s personal experience with the disgraced former mogul from Ben Affleck and believed the actress had settled the matter.
“I knew he was a womaniser,” Damon added. “I wouldn’t want to be married to the guy, but it’s not my business. But this level of criminal sexual predation is not something that I ever thought was going on.”
“Harvey would talk to me about women that he’d had affairs with,” Clooney said. “I didn’t necessarily believe him quite honestly, because to believe him would be to believe the worst of some actresses who were friends of mine.”
He continued: “The idea that this predator – this assaulter – was out there silencing women like that… It’s beyond infuriating.”
The Suburbicon director said, “There has to be a come-uppance for all of this. All of the people who were part of that chain. And then, we have to make it safe for people to feel that they can talk about it.”