The “Jason Bourne” star defended Louis C.K. and tried to say that some harassment is worse than other harassment.
“There’s a difference between, you know, patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation, right?” Damon said in a new interview with ABC News’ Peter Travers. “Both of those behaviors need to be confronted and eradicated without question, but they shouldn’t be conflated, right?” the 47-year-old said in the interview, which was quickly condemned as tone-deaf.
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The actor further put his foot in his mouth when he gave another interview to Business Insider in which he said he would work with accused harassers depending on the story. He worked with Harvey Weinstein in the past, including on his breakout movie “Good Will Hunting” with pal Ben Affleck.
“I mean, I wouldn’t want to work with somebody who — life’s too short for that,” he told Business Insider. “But the question of if somebody had allegations against them, you know, it would be a case-by-case basis. You go, ‘What’s the story here?’”
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“Ocean’s 8” is a spin-off to “the “Ocean’s 11” franchise, which starred Damon.
The new flick features Rihanna, Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter and Mindy Kaling.
Damon’s cameo in the upcoming film, due out in June, has been highly publicized.