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Actor Matt Damon has denied reporter Sharon Waxman’s claims that he tried to kill her New York Times story about Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual misconduct in 2004.
“I would never, ever, ever try to kill a story like that. I just wouldn’t do that. It’s not something I would do, for anybody,” Damon told Deadline regarding Waxman’s claims.
Waxman claimed that Damon and actor Russell Crowe spoke to her right before her article detailing allegations against Weinstein and the head of Miramax Italy at the time (Fabrizio Lombardo), was about to publish – and that shortly after their call her article was “gutted.”
Damon said Weinstein told him that Waxman was “writing a story about Fabrizio and it’s really negative,” and asked him to call Waxman and share what his experiences with Lombardo had been like. The actor said that he “had perfectly professional experiences with Fabrizio,” and that he “didn’t mind telling her that.”
Lombardo was in charge of “Weinstein’s women needs,” according to an article Waxman wrote for The Wrap about her Times story. Waxman said she even had people on record saying he had organized gatherings with “Russian escorts.”
Damon insisted he didn’t know anything about Lombardo’s alleged behavior, and that he only ever knew him in a professional capacity. The actor also said he had no knowledge that Weinstein ever sexually harassed anyone, and that he was completely unaware of any allegations against him until now.
“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. And I will peel my eyes back now, father than I ever have, to look for this type of behavior,” Damon said.