Matt Damon says there's a 'spectrum of behaviour' when it comes to sexual misconduct

Matt Damon appeared on an interview with ABC News and drew parallels between allegations against Harvey Weinstein and Louis CK arguing that they shouldn't be clubbed together

FP Staff December 18, 2017 09:44:43 IST
Matt Damon says there's a 'spectrum of behaviour' when it comes to sexual misconduct

Matt Damon is receiving severe backlash from several celebrities, including his ex-girlfriend Minnie Driver, after he appeared on an interview with ABC News on 14 December and said there was '" spectrum of behaviour", with regards to the ongoing sexual harassment scandal that has Hollywood seated in the eye of the storm.

Matt Damon says theres a spectrum of behaviour when it comes to sexual misconduct

Matt Damon. Image from Twitter/@HuffPost.

“I do believe that there’s a spectrum of behaviour, right? And we’re going to have to figure — you know, there’s a difference between patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation, right? Both of those behaviors need to be confronted and eradicated without question, but they shouldn’t be conflated, right?” he told ABC News.

In the same interview, Damon low-key defended actor-comedian Louis CK as he addressed the sexual harassment allegations leveled against CK and his subsequent admittance of the claims. Damon stated that after CK accepted his sexual misconduct, he felt that he could "work with that" as "constant personal responsibility is as important as anything else" — a factor which he will keep in mind while raising his own children.

Damon then went on to differentiate between rape and child molestation and compared it to what CK had been accused of (sexual intimidation, startlingly similar accounts by women of masturbation in front of them). Damon added that he feels CK wouldn't sexually harass anyone again."I don’t know Louis CK, I’ve never met him. I’m a fan of his, but I don’t imagine he’s going to do those things again. You know what I mean? I imagine the price that he’s paid at this point, is so beyond anything," said Damon.

Damon's comments sparked outrage from celebrities like Minnie Driver and Alyssa Milano, who slammed the actor for his opinion on the sexual abuse scandal that Hollywood is embroiled in.

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