Matt Damon and George Clooney appeared on Good Morning America on Monday to talk about their new movie Suburbicon, but the film was overshadowed when they expressed thoughts about Harvey Weinstein, the embattled film executive facing a growing list of accusations of sexual misconduct, from harrassment to rape, from dozens of women, including famous actresses. Both Damon and Clooney have worked with Weinstein, but now say they didn't know he was an alleged sexual predator.
"I was there at the height of his power and what you knew back then, you had to spend about five minutes with him to know that he was a bully, he was intimidating. That was his legend, that was his whole kind of M.O." Damon said. "So when people say everybody knew, yeah I knew he was an ---hole. He was proud of that. That’s how he carried himself. And I knew he was a womanizer. I wouldn’t want to be married to the guy. But that’s not my business.”
Damon admitted that he knew that Gwyneth Paltrow had a negative experience with Weinstein early on in her career and he still worked with him.
"I knew the story about Gwyneth from Ben [Affleck] because he was with her after Brad [Pitt]," he said. "But I was working with Gwyneth and Harvey on Ripley."
Clooney said that Harvey would brag about women, but he didn't think his stories were always true.
“I didn’t necessarily believe him, quite honestly, because to believe would be to believe the worst of some actresses who were friends of mine,” Clooney admitted. He now finds all the information that's come to light "beyond infuriating" and insists that the good that can come out of this is that people talking about it can make it harder to happen in the future.
“You're going to have to have a warning shot over the bough that anyone who would act like that will be outed and you'll be out of the business and beyond that, you may be prosecuted."