Last December, award-winning actor Matt Damon was under fire for his controversial remarks regarding sexual misconduct. Amid the rising popularity of the #MeToo movement, Damon described sexual harassment behavior as being “different” than sexual assault behavior, and additionally, shed a spotlight on the men who don’t sexually abuse women.
“There’s a difference between patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestations, right? Both of these behaviors need to be confronted and eradicated, without question, but they shouldn’t be conflated, right?” he stated during an interview, reported E! News.
In a separate interview, he said, "We're in this watershed moment, and it's great, but I think one thing that's not being talked about is there are a whole s--tload of guys—the preponderance of men I've worked with—who don't do this kind of thing and whose lives aren't going to be affected," Damon continued. "If I have to sign a sexual-harassment thing, I don't care, I'll sign it. I would have signed it before. I don't do that, and most of the people I know don't do that."
The actor received a massive amount of backlash for his comments, being accused of downplaying the sexual misconduct that Hollywood women face on a regular basis.
Several weeks later, Damon finally responded to the outrage against him. On Tuesday, January 16th, Damon made an appearance on TODAY with Kathie Lee Gifford, where he addressed the situation directly.
"I really wish I'd listened a lot more before I weighed in on this," Damon said. "Ultimately, I don't want to further anybody's pain with anything that I do or say. So for that, I am really sorry."
He continued, "This whole ‘Time’s Up,’ a lot of those women are my dear friends and I love them and respect them and support what they're doing and want to be a part of that change and want to go along for the ride, but I should get in the back seat and close my mouth for a while."
Damon also made headlines late last year after his father passed away.
Watch Matt Damon's interview on TODAY below:
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