Matt Damon And Russell Crowe Fingered For Pressuring Journalist To Kill Weinstein Sex Story

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Actor Matt Damon took heat over Twitter Monday evening following viral claims that he and Russell Crowe pressured a New York Times journalist into dropping a negative story on Harvey Weinstein in 2004.

On Sunday, journalist and founder of The Wrap, Sharon Waxman, penned an op-ed detailing how Damon and Crowe called her “directly” to pressure her into dropping a story about Miramax Italy’s head Fabrizio Lombardo handling “Weinstein’s women needs” during European film festivals and other events. Waxman had located a young woman in London who Weinstein paid off after an "unwanted sexual encounter." While the woman would not violate her non-disclosure agreement, Waxman had proof of the payoff.

On Monday, actress Rose McGowan – who was featured in a bombshell NYT Exposé detailing Harvey Weinstein’s sexual abuse of young actresses, retweeted the story after it was picked up by – asking “Do u realise [sic] how deep the cover ups go?” reports:

Sharon Waxman, founder of the Wrap, writes that her own investigate reporting, which took her on an international trip to uncover rumors of Weinstein’s sexual misconduct, was cut from the Times in 2004 under pressure from several Hollywood elites. Waxman alleges in the Wrap that Matt Damon and Russell Crowe called her “directly” to dispel the reports she was following about Miramax’s Italian head Fabrizio Lombardo, who was allegedly hired “to take care of Weinstein’s women needs.”

In response to Waxman’s op-ed, the New York Times claims her story “did not have anything near what was revealed in our story,” adding “Mainly, she had an off-the-record account from one woman.”

McGowan then tweeted “Hey @mattdamon what’s it like to be a spineless profiteer who stays silent?”

UPDATE: Matt Damon responds (via Fox News)

Speaking to Deadline, Damon has a much different recollection of the events in question.

“My recollection was that it was about a one minute phone call. Harvey had called me and said, they’re writing a story about Fabrizio, who I knew from ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley.’ He has organized our premiere in Italy and so I knew him in a professional capacity and I’d had dinner at his house,” Damon explained. “Harvey said, Sharon Waxman is writing a story about Fabrizio and it’s really negative. Can you just call and tell her what your experience with Fabrizio was. So I did, and that’s what I said to her. It didn’t even make the piece that she wrote.”

Damon goes on to explain that he was never aware that the story he was commenting on had anything to do with sexual misconduct at the time, and he says that he was not among the numerous celebrities now claiming that they knew something about Weinstein’s actions prior to the recent exposé by the Times.

And now, Angelina Jolie and Gwenyth Paltrow have come forward with allegations against Weinstein

People reports:

Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie are the latest stars to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment, adding their accounts to the dozens of women who have described their alleged experiences with the movie mogul.

In a new New York Times report, Paltrow says Weinstein sexually harassed her in a hotel room after the movie mogul hired her for the lead role in Emma when she was 22. The encounter allegedly ended with Weinstein placing his hands on her and suggesting a massage.

Angelina Jolie said she also had a “bad experience” with Weinstein in a hotel room during the release of Playing by Heart in the late ’90s. The Oscar winner claimed Weinstein made unwanted advances to the NYT.

“I had a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth, and as a result, chose never to work with him again and warn others when they did,” Jolie said in an email to the NYT. “This behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable.”

Harvey’s Swan Song

As a result of the NYT piece last week, Weinstein was fired from his company – but not before he would send an embarrassing email to fellow hollywood bigwigs asking for their immediate support. Weinstein writes:

My board is thinking of firing me. All I’m asking, is let me take a leave of absence and get into heavy therapy and counseling. Whether it be in a facility or somewhere else, allow me to resurrect myself with a second chance. A lot of the allegations are false as you know but given therapy and counseling as other people have done, I think I’d be able to get there. 

I could really use your support or just your honesty if you can’t support me. 

But if you can, I need you to send a letter to my private gmail address. The letter would only go to the board and no one else. We believe what the board is trying to do is not only wrong but might be illegal and would destroy the company. If you could write this letter backing me, getting me the help and time away I need, and also stating your opposition to the board firing me, it would help me a lot. I am desperate for your help. Just give me the time to have therapy. Do not let me be fired. If the industry supports me, that is all I need. 

With all due respect, I need the letter today.

One wonders who wrote letters for Harvey?

The mogul does have his defenders, after all. Fashion Designer Donna Karen, who loves the pizza in Haiti – which is not known for its pizza, suggested to the Daily Mail that Weinstein’s alleged victims may have been ‘asking for it’ in a rambling interview.

Director Kevin Smith, on the other hand, is ashamed to have made money with Weinstein:

A 4chan post from 10 months ago suggests “The Fappening” leak of celebrity nudes all came from Weinstein’s iPhone:

How many Hollywood celebrities and executives – particularly those who feigned outrage at Donald Trump’s ‘pussy grabbing’ comment, have remained silent as countless humans beings were trafficked into Harvey Weinstein’s lair to satisfy his urges?

Looks like the only thing needed for evil to prevail is virtue-signaling Hollywood actors to do nothing about one of their own. 

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onthedeschutes Tue, 10/10/2017 - 15:52 Permalink

Hollywood is a modern day sodom and gomorrah...waiting patiently for the wrath of God to rain down on them.  In the meantime, enjoy the show as they turn on one another and the serpent eats it's own tail.

J. Peasemold G… remain calm Tue, 10/10/2017 - 23:16 Permalink

How quickly this situtation raises its head again, and again, and again.Time has not diminished the pedophillic culture of molestation and abuse, and by extension to all those with 'star quality' in their eyes.In so many industries and institutions it has been a way of life, part of the give and take - I give it and you will take it.In the motion picture industry and on the stage there are so many examples that it would fill a library of shame, a googleplex in quantity in modern parlance.Perhaps the worst of all documented perverts in recent memory were Darryl F. Zanuck, Mack Sennett, Harry Cohn and Louis B. Mayer (Lazar Meir).Louis B. opened a brothel, Mae's, where star look alike hopefuls were the main attraction for both paying clients and others in the acting game.The delivery, just like pizzas, to the stars' dressing rooms of 'entertainment' is so familiar to us now as revealed by #pizzagate.And this proven delivery model would see the Comet replacing Mae's and The House of Francis as a front by any other name.If you have the stomach for it do some reading up on the history of the heavily stained 'casting couch' that saw many stars' careers on their way between 4 to 4:30pm by way of a squirt of creative juices. J. Peasemold Gruntfuttock

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Killtruck Is-Be Wed, 10/11/2017 - 07:40 Permalink

You know what I really need right now? The salve for my soul? Some fucking KimmelTears (TM). I need Jimmy Kimmel to go out there on late night and virtue signal and cry me a fucking river. Let his voice crack and everything. Let me know exactly how fucking hard it is for him to write comedy these days, because there's "jut not much to laugh about."What a faggy soppy cunt that pusscake is. 

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HowdyDoody Is-Be Wed, 10/11/2017 - 07:53 Permalink

An interesting article by Nathan Abrams from 2004 in 'Jewish Quarterly', a Jewish culture magazine"A story little told is that of Jews in Hollywood’s seedier cousin, the adult film industry. Perhaps we’d prefer to pretend that the ‘triple-exthnics’ didn’t exist, but there’s no getting away from the fact that secular Jews have played (and still continue to play) a disproportionate role throughout the adult film industry in America. Jewish involvement in pornography has a long history in the United States, as Jews have helped to transform a fringe subculture into what has become a primary constituent of Americana. These are the ‘true blue Jews’."    

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gmrpeabody remain calm Wed, 10/11/2017 - 09:32 Permalink

You know, it's just possible that Matt and Russell are only guilty of not sucking up the the Hollywood political agenda, and thus raising the ire of the bitch who penned the accusations. I saw nothing in there that even remotely backed the headline. But, I guess, in ZH as well as America these days, it's not the proof, but the accusations that matter.Just saying...

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Handful of Dust xavi1951 Wed, 10/11/2017 - 07:10 Permalink

My gut tells me these Hollywood libtards and some politicians are running away from this fast, instead of their usual defense against the accusers by name calling as racist is because it is going to get much worse. News will most likely surface that he was somethng like a necrophiliac or pedo also, imo. It would explain why they all turned on him and ran away fast so their celeb status does not get tarnished by the truth.

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BabaLooey UselessEater Tue, 10/10/2017 - 21:54 Permalink

Hollywhackers are ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLL in on it.All of them. ALL of them KNEW about Weinie....................please...with the fucking parties and gossip....."Always remember - these people are paid to lie. To Pretend.The really good ones get awards for it - judged by their "peers."- Paul Newman - to me - 1979 - A Watkins Glen chance meeting.

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Infinityx2 Tue, 10/10/2017 - 16:31 Permalink

No Hollywood actress has my sympathy knowing full well what they heard about this beast on the street because the paycheck always rises above or everything else.

HotelBread Tue, 10/10/2017 - 19:32 Permalink

Well, well, well, well. All the non-stop bleating about Mr. Trump's locker-room talk, in which he bragged about women coming onto HIM. Years and years of Wankstein's abuse and not a word from these very same celebrities who knew exactly what was going on.  So why now? What did Wangstein do to fall so suddenly from grace?

Lucretius nmewn Wed, 10/11/2017 - 02:58 Permalink

WHO F'kn cares? Why is this newz? I've heard of that shit stain/stein for years, why now indeed, could it possibly have anything to do with the fact that the hollyweird herd has so lost relevance to society that they are unable to turn a profit? I'd postulate that profit IS a motive. I seem to recall another scandal, about a hundred years ago... something about a swing and a very young "starlet". Fatty Arbuckle comes to mind. I suppose folks have forgotten, probably because scandals are so common with such talented "starz". I stopped wasting time on TV almost 10 years ago, I highly recommend it.! I have not been in a theater in about 25... because I'm disgusted by my feet sticking to the floor,  do not like being ass raped for a soda, popcorn or a snack, not being able to smoke or drink the beverage of MY choice, AND, the lack of ENTERTAINMENT! I don't think I could name a film made since the 90's that I would endure a theater for. The whole hollywood hero worship BS is just more propaganda and social manipulation. They have tried for decades to normalize deviant and perverted behavior by making it seem like common every day life. My precious Mrs. L loves her some TeeVee, so I endure way more than I care for, so I am aware of the shit served for public consumption. I've patiently taught her to use the interweb to peruse EVERY show/movie that she could want.That said, I'd rather read a book, or Zero Hedge! I think the thing that galls me the most is when these weirdos think that due to their "fame", their political opinions are wanted or important... Fuck the fuck off   .What an utter waste of time! I sincerely hope that Whinestain has the hildabeast as a cell mate... so he can fulfill his "urges" in that warm grilled cheese sandwich. Sick fuck.

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LawOfBass Lucretius Wed, 10/11/2017 - 11:50 Permalink

Its not news and no one cares and if anyone is many of the people that voted for Trump voted for him because he said shit like 'YOU'RE A LIAR" to people that get a free ride lieing all day long.  We've been waiting for that for a long time and that was a big selling point.  As such, having one of the 3l33t sanctimonious untouchable airbags get it ALL thrown in his face is RICH.  Also, all these scumbags that obviously knew get to take a big bite too and that is RICH.  That's right...keep telling everyone how to behave while you know this guy is doing what's he doing.  Mmm Hmm. I don't want to see anyone suffer, I'd rather they repent (turn from thier ways) but...'justice' is nice to see.   AND the real question to this newz is who did he piss off?  Obviously 'they' have to power to squash stories so why did the complicit, corrupt NYT let this story fly?  Obviously he crossed a line, screw the wrong person.  Cue Goodfellas.  Yeah you're made, and the cops won't touch you, but you don't screw with ___________________

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Number 156 Tue, 10/10/2017 - 19:36 Permalink

I think if we can get a timestamp on those fappening vids, we can compare the contract dates of the prostitutes. May help narrow down who what and when, and the local timezone maybe..