The pair have collaborated on numerous movies such as The Talented Mr. Ripley and Good Will Hunting for which the actor won an Oscar.
It was alleged by Sharon Waxman, creator of The Wrap and a former New York Times journalist, earlier this week that Russell Crowe and Matt Damon had phoned her to dissuade her from publishing an article detailing some of the allegations against Weinstein in 2004.
However, in an interview with Deadline, Damon responded to Waxman's allegations about him and was point-blank asked whether he attempted to derail the article in 2004. As Damon tells it, their entire interaction 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. 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 went on, saying that he was certain he "mentioned to her that I didn’t know anything about the rest of her piece, because I didn’t. And I still don’t know anything about that and Fabrizio. My experience with him was all above board and that’s what I told her."
He went on to deny knowing about the allegations against Weinstein and said he "felt sick to his stomach" when he heard them.
"If there was ever an event that I was at and Harvey was doing this kind of thing and I didn’t see it, then I am so deeply sorry, because I would have stopped it."
Waxman has since posted on Twitter, saying that she "endorses" Damon's statement.
— Sharon Waxman (@sharonwaxman) October 10, 2017
Via Deadline / Twitter