Matt Damon and Ben Affleck roped into scandal
The barrage of bad news battering Tinseltown titan Harvey Weinstein has shattered his marriage, reputation, career and maybe soon, his bank account due to explosive allegations from some of the film world’s biggest stars, accusing Weinstein of rape and sexual harassment. It appears the movie mogul is gearing up to face a multi-million dollar lawsuit. The pounding continued on Wednesday, with actresses Cara Delevingne and Lea Seydoux adding their names to the growing list of 65-yearold’s reported victims.
“I am profoundly devastated,” Weinstein told the New York Post. “I have lost my wife [Georgina Chapman] and kids, whom I love more than anything else.”
He also told the Post that being abandoned by friends has left him reeling.
TMZ reported that the film company Weinstein and his brother Bob, who called his sibling “sick,” built from scratch is very much in jeopardy.
The Weinstein Company is being asked to return a $45 million loan it was fronted by AI International Holdings.
Weinstein has hired lawyer to the stars, Blair Berk, who has represented wild child Lindsay Lohan and hellraiser Mel Gibson during their legal encounters. In other Weinstein news:
Matt Damon is defending himself after it was revealed he called a reporter to vouch for the film boss she was about to expose as one of the men — Fabrizio Lombardo — who supplied Harvey Weinstein with beautiful Italians.
Sharon Waxman was researching an expose on the movie mogul for The New York Times back in 2004. In a new piece for The Wrap, Waxman claims her article was drastically altered by her editors after she received calls from Weinstein collaborators Damon and Russell Crowe.
Damon tells Deadline. com, “For the record, 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. Even before I was famous, I didn’t abide this kind of behaviour... This is the kind of sexual predation that keeps me up at night.” The actor, who filmed multiple movies for producer Weinstein, insists he never saw the mogul behaving badly.
Damon’s best friend Ben Affleck apologized for groping actress Hilarie Burton when she was a presenter on MTV show Total Request Live in 2003, which was caught on tape and has since gone viral. “I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologize,” he tweeted on Wednesday — a day after he attacked Weinstein for his inappropriate behaviour. “I am saddened and angry that a man who I worked with used his position of power to intimidate, sexually harass and manipulate many women over decades,” Affleck penned.