Jessica Chastain Says That Matt Damon Was ‘Manipulated’ To Help Quash That 2004 Harvey Weinstein Story

The Harvey Weinstein scandal has exposed the producer, who is the second most thanked individual at the Oscars (after Steven Spielberg and four ranks above God), as a more than just an alleged sexual abuser, but also as someone apparently deeply manipulative.

The New Yorker journalist Ronan Farrow, who has been investigating the Weinstein scandal for the last year, explained in a PBS interview, ‘There is a vast machine set up to silence these women. We are talking about legal settlements, where women were paid to sign very restrictive non-disclosure agreements. We are talking about a public relations team that plants negative items about women.’

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One of the recent allegations has not been about Weinstein himself, but one of of his protegés, Matt Damon. In so much as they apparently helped to squash a 2004 story which aimed to expose the super-producer.

Sharon Waxman said that when she worked for The New York Times, she reported on a story revealing Fabrizio Lombardo, who ran Miramax Italy in 2003 and 2004, procured girls for Weinstein.

Actress Asia Argento has accused Weinstein of orally raping her in The New Yorker (something Weinstein denies) and Tweeted that it was Lombardo who brought her to Weinstein’s room under a false pretext in ’97.

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In 2004, Waxman’s story never ran, she alleged because of ‘intense pressure from Weinstein’.

One of the ways the pressure was allegedly enforced was, ‘having Matt Damon and Russell Crowe call me directly to vouch for Lombardo and unknown discussions well above my head at the Times, the story was gutted.’

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The suggestion has been that Matt Damon was complicit in the alleged Weinstein hush-up – a suggestion the actor has since denied.

Damon’s The Martian co-star Jessica Chastain – who has been publicly critical of Weinstein and tweeted her support for the women speaking against him – has put in a positive word for Matt.

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