Minnie Driver Shuts Down Matt Damon on Sex Harassment

Actress lit into her ex after his comments on 'spectrum of behavior'
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 17, 2017 7:36 AM CST
Minnie Driver Shuts Down Matt Damon on Sex Harassment
Minnie Driver attends the LA Premiere of "I Smile Back" held at ArcLight Hollywood on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Matt Damon opined this week that the wave of sex harassment and assault claims sweeping Hollywood and society at large include "a spectrum of behavior" and that "none of us came here perfect," and the woman he once dumped on Oprah wasted no time in shutting him down. "Gosh it’s so interesting (profoundly unsurprising) how men with all these opinions about women’s differentiation between sexual misconduct, assault and rape reveal themselves to be utterly tone deaf and as a result, systemically part of the problem," Minnie Driver tweeted. She further unloaded to the Guardian: "I’ve realized that most men, good men, the men that I love, there is a cut-off. They simply cannot understand what abuse is like on a daily level. I honestly think that until we get on the same page, you can’t tell a woman about their abuse. ... It is so individual and so personal, it’s galling when a powerful man steps up and starts dictating the terms, whether he intends it or not.”

Damon was also getting zero sympathy from Alyssa Milano, reports USA Today, who tweeted that, "as a victim of each component of the sexual assault spectrum of which you speak," "they all hurt." "We are not outraged because someone grabbed our a---s in a picture. We are outraged because we were made to feel this was normal. We are outraged because we have been gaslighted. We are outraged because we were silenced for so long." (Damon has said he had no idea that Harvey Weinstein routinely sexually harassed and assaulted women; his full interview this week with ABC News is here.)

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