Published: Wed, January 17, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Matt Damon apologises for sexual misconduct comments

Matt Damon apologises for sexual misconduct comments

In an interview today, Damon said that he wishes he had listened more before offering his thoughts, and that he "doesn't want to further anybody's pain".

Damon admitted that he wishes he "listened" to the circumstances before chiming in, saying he wasn't a good listener when it came to women coming forward with sexual misconduct claims against powerful Hollywood men.

Perhaps unintentionally, it was also a shady but ideal segue into the next topic of conversation: Damon's comments about the #MeToo movement, which aims to draw attention to - and ultimately end - a toxic culture of sexual harassment and assault.

Damon said, "I think you're a better actor the less people know about you period". He never meant to suggest that gay actors should get back in the closet.

Matt Damon has now held his hand up to say sorry for making comments that caused a huge backlash and offence. If I have to sign a sexual harassment thing, I don't care, I'll still sign it.

'Well a lot of us like it when you open your mouth, especially about things like this -, ' Gifford said as she closed the interview.

Damon first sparked controversy in December, when he sat down for an interview on Popcorn with Peter Travers and spoke about the #MeToo movement. "I imagine the price that he's paid at this point is so beyond anything that he - I just think that we have to kind of start delineating between what these behaviors are".

Actresses Alyssa Milano and Damon's 'Good Will Hunting' co-star Minnie Driver were among the high-profile Hollywood women to criticize the actor's comments.

Matt Damon on the #TimesUp movement.

"Both of those behaviours need to be confronted and eradicated, without question, but they shouldn't be conflated, right?" he added.

Kristen Wiig and Matt Damon in a still from the movie Downsizing.

One hopes-hopes-that Damon has learned something from this, even if that lesson is the one that comes so effortlessly to most of us: "Shut up if you don't know anything".

"If it's a friend of mine, I'm always talking to them", he also said at the time.

The cases to kickstart the wave of allegations was that of Harvey Weinstein and James Toback who have been accused of around 100 women and 200 women respectively.

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