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Matt Damon apologises for ‘tone deaf’ comments on sexual harassment, says he will ‘take a backseat’

Matt Damon says the backlash for his comments on sexual misconduct was actually very helpful.

hollywood Updated: Jan 17, 2018 09:40 IST
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Actor Matt Damon attends the world premiere of 12 Strong at Jazz at Lincoln Centre.(AFP)

Matt Damon says the backlash for his comments on sexual misconduct was actually very helpful. A few weeks ago, Damon told The Associated Press and other outlets that there were varying degrees of misconduct and the punishment should reflect that. But he was criticized by some, including ex-girlfriend Minnie Driver.

In an interview with the AP on Tuesday, Damon says he wishes he had listened more before offering his thoughts, and that he “doesn’t want to further anybody’s pain.”

He says he’s sorry and adds that the feedback on his comments have been “very helpful.”

He adds that he supports the Time’s Up organization Hollywood women founded to combat sexual harassment nationwide.

“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,” he said on the Today show.

“I really wish I’d listened a lot more before I weighed in on this. And...ultimately what it is for me is that I don’t want to further anybody’s pain with anything that I do or say. So, for that, I’m really sorry.”

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First Published: Jan 17, 2018 09:39 IST