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George Clooney hits out at Woody Allen's 'witch-hunt' comment on Harvey Weinstein

George Clooney hits out at Woody Allen's 'witch-hunt' comment on Harvey Weinstein”

Damon said he first worked with Weinstein for the film Good Will Hunting, in the late 1990s, a period when he said Weinstein was at, "the height of his power". "... I knew that ... they had come to whatever...agreement or understanding that they had come to, she had handled it", Damon said.

In a separate interview with ABC News alongside Damon, who admitted to knowing about Weinstein's harassment of Gwyneth Paltrow, Clooney said it was "infuriating" to hear about Weinstein's sexual predations and how he silenced so many victims.

George Clooney then chimed in and shared similar thoughts, saying that he knew that Harvey Weinstein was a womanizer but not that he was a predator.

"It's not endemic only to Hollywood, it's all over the world and I don't know if we want to reach a conclusion, 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, that this is behaviour that should not be acceptable", she said.

"I never talked to Gwyneth about it", Damon said. "She was, you know, the 'first lady of Miramax.' And he treated her incredibly respectfully, always". "There's lawyers in NY right now working on eradicating non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) in the case of sexual harassment and I think that's absolutely the right way to go".

"The reality is it's not a witch hunt to these women who were trapped in a hotel room and told they were going to get a part and then suddenly here comes Harvey Weinstein in his birthday suit".

"When people say, 'everybody knew, ' like, yeah, I knew [Weinstein] was an a*****", Damon said. The fact that one of the most powerful people I've seen in Hollywood has been banished basically is a shot across the bow of any man in this industry who would leverage or use their power to mistreat a woman.

'And if there was a newspaper or a website that had this information that investigated it, I'd like to see how much ad money they got from Miramax or from the Weinstein Company. And I didn't really think that they were going to have affairs with Harvey, quite honestly, and clearly they didn't. "I knew he was an a****** ..."

George Clooney on Woody Allen's remark, "That's a stupid thing to say".

The actor said Ben Affleck informed him about Paltrow, who recently came forward to accuse Weinstein of making an unwanted sexual advance toward her early in her career. "It wasn't secondhand. I knew he did a couple of these things".



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