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One day prior, Damon and Clooney had continued to shed light on what it was like working with the disgraced Hollywood producer, whom they have each known for years, by saying they were in the know about Weinstein being a “womanizer,” but were unaware of the level of his alleged criminal sexual predation.
While sitting down with Damon on NBC’s Today show, Moore took it one step further when sharing her hopes about the consequences Weinstein should face.
“I hope that he’s prosecuted for some of these things,” the actress told NBC News’ Natalie Morales. “I hope that some of the charges stand.” Her co-star Damon agreed: “He’s got to face justice. He’s got to face what he’s done.”
On Monday, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman launched an investigation into The Weinstein Co. and Weinstein is currently under investigation by the NYPD, LAPD and London police.
Though Moore said she had known Weinstein since age 29, she told Morales that she and the movie mogul were never alone together. Since allegations first surfaced in the New York Times, the number of Weinstein accusers has now surpassed 50.
“This is criminal behavior,” Moore continued to explain. “Rather than continue to discuss what could have happened — what if? what if? — I think it’s important to think about, what we can do now? What can we do to prevent it? How can we communicate to people that it’s not OK, they should speak out, they will have support and that people will be taken to task?”
Damon revealed Monday that he had heard about his Talented Mr. Ripley co-star Gwyneth Paltrow’s experience with Weinstein — which she detailed in The New York Times — secondhand from his pal Ben Affleck, but that he never personally saw anything that he could attest to. “I’ve been reading these stories because I am racking my brain: Did I see something, did I know something, is there something I could have done?”
Referring to the most powerful Hollywood mogul turned “pariah” as an intimidating “bully,” Damon said the silver lining of the unfolding story is that “women are seeing that their voices are not going to fall on deaf ears — that their voices have power.”
Clooney, however, took a different approach by shifting his aim at the media, saying, “whoever had the story and didn’t write it should be held responsible.” He added that somebody knew because “there were people that brought young actresses to his hotel room,” as has been recounted in many of the accusers’ stories.
Weinstein gave Clooney his big Hollywood break in 1996’s From Dusk Till Dawn and though the Suburbicon director has known Weinstein for more than 20 years, he echoed some of his earlier statements when speaking to Morales, saying he only heard rumors from Weinstein himself.
“He would say, ‘I had an affair with this actress or that actress,'” Clooney recalled. “I took all of that with a grain of salt, I thought he might be chasing them.”
Now that the stories continue to come to light, Clooney said vehemently, “This is violating women, this is assault. This is silencing women. I’m furious. Yeah, he’s mean to work with, I knew that for a fact. But the idea that he’s committed these kinds of atrocities? I want to know who knew.”
Weinstein has unequivocally denied any allegations of nonconsensual sex and any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances.
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