Matt Damon’s ex doesn’t think the actor has a clue about Hollywood’s widespread sexual misconduct issues.
Minnie Driver — who dated the actor in the late 1990s — doubled down on her criticisms of Damon’s recent suggestion that there’s a “spectrum” where different levels of sexual misbehavior fall.
“I’ve realized that most men, good men, the men that I love, there is a cut-off in their ability to understand,” Driver told The Guardian. “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,” Driver continued to the British newspaper. “A man cannot do that. No one can. 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.”
In that interview, Damon contended not all levels of misconduct should be equated.
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“There’s a difference between, you know, patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation, right?” Damon told ABC News’ Peter Travers. “Both of those behaviors need to be confronted and eradicated without question, but they shouldn’t be conflated, right?”
Damon also seemed to defend Louis C.K., who has admitted to non-consensually masturbating in front of multiple women, in that interview by saying he doesn’t “imagine he’s going to do those things again” after issuing an apology and drawing backlash.
Damon’s comments about C.K. also puzzled Driver.
“I don’t understand why Matt would defend Louis C.K.,” Driver told The Guardian. “It seems to me that he thinks that because he didn’t rape somebody — so far as we know — that what he did do wasn’t as bad.”
Driver isn’t the only person to call out Damon after his controversial interview. Alyssa Milano also condemned his interview in a Twitter thread Friday evening.
Damon and Driver, seen here in 1997 with Ben Affleck, dated in the late 1990s.
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“I have been a victim of each component of the sexual assault spectrum of which you speak,” Milano wrote. “They all hurt. And they are all connected to a patriarchy intertwined with normalized, accepted–even welcomed-misogyny.”
Damon has not responded to the backlash.
He also told ABC News he was not aware of any of the allegations against Harvey Weinstein, who he worked with on multiple movies including “Good Will Hunting,” before they came to light in October.
Numerous women have come forward in recent months to accuse Weinstein of sexual harassment, assault or rape.
Weinstein has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.