"I knew the story about Gwyneth from Ben because he was with her after Brad, and so I knew that story, but I was working with Gwyneth with Harvey on Ripley", Damon said.
"The fact that one of the most powerful people I've ever seen in Hollywood has been banished basically is a shot across the bow to any man in this industry who would leverage and use their power to mistreat a woman", said Damon. "He was proud of that". I was there at the height of his power, and what you knew back then, you had to spend about five minutes [with him] to know he was a bully and intimidating...
"When Amal and I met and when we got married it became really clear we were lucky", he said.
Moore added that the issue of abuse in Hollywood needs to be tackled on a practical level, saying: "There are some lawyers in NY right now working on eradicating non disclosure agreements in the case of sexual harassment and I think this is absolutely the right way to go".
The ER alum, meanwhile, claimed that Weinstein had told him that he had extramarital affairs with "some actresses who were friends of mine", but Clooney did not believe him at the time. He recognized he "knew the account of Gwyneth" Paltrow from Ben Affleck, however never had talked about specifically with her, saying they seemed to have "go to whatever understanding they had come to" and that "she took care of it and was the First Lady of Miramax and he treated her inconceivably consciously".
Hollywood continues to reckon with its past in the wake of numerous sexual assault and harassment allegations against film executive Harvey Weinstein, but it's not the only industry that allows a culture of abuses against women to persist. All of the people who were a part of that chain. "I never talked to Gwyneth about it". I've known Harvey for 20 years.
Matt Damon was previously criticized after a report stated that he helped kill a New York Times expose on Harvey Weinstein's abuse. Julianne Moore said "What we want to do is empower women to speak out about what's going on and let them know that they're not alone and this is behaviour that should not be acceptable". "There was more to it than just the normal rumors, the normal gossip".