Matt Da­mon and Ben Af­fleck roped into scan­dal

24 Hours Toronto - - News - BRAD HUNTER

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.

— WITH FILES FROM WENN GETTY IM­AGES

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