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Matt Damon Apologizes for His Truly Misguided Comments on Sexual Harassment

Matt Damon Apologizes for His Truly Misguided Comments on Sexual Harassment”

Speaking on the Today Show, Damon expressed his support for the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements but said that he'll be keeping quiet for some time.

"I really wished I listened a lot more before I weighed in on this", Damon acknowledged. "I think, ultimately, what it is for me is I don't want to further anybody's pain with anything that I do or say".

'If there was ever an event that I was at and Harvey was doing this kind of thing and I didn't see it, then I am so deeply sorry, because I would have stopped it.

"I don't imagine he's going to do those things again", he said of the comedian, who he doesn't know. "We can work with that", Damon said. On the website Care 2, thousands of people signed a petition calling for Damon's cameo to be removed from Oceans 8, the upcoming all-female addition to the Oceans films.

While he acknowledged that both types of behavior "need to be confronted and eradicated without question, they shouldn't be conflated".

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Damon's comments have caused a lot of debate since he spoke out about the conversation around sexual harassment and sexual assault.

"All of that behavior needs to be confronted, but there is a continuum", he continued. And we're going to have to figure - you know, there's a difference between, you know, patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation. Right? And that's what needs to happen. OK? Al Franken had perhaps faced consequences that were too extreme because their behavior was merely "shameful and gross" as opposed to "criminal behavior". "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".

Damon also made controversial comments on the subject to ABC News earlier that month. He continued by apologizing outright for his previous remarks.

Damon's comments drew the ire of many, including actresses Alyssa Milano and Minnie Driver, the latter of whom once dated Damon and starred alongside him in 1997's Good Will Hunting.

"God God, SERIOUSLY?" Driver had tweeted, referencing Damon's interview. Damon later acknowledged that he knew Weinstein harassed Gwyneth Paltrow.

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