Matt Damon and Russell Crowe helped kill earlier New York Times expose about Harvey Weinstein! A former New York Times writer says Matt Damon and Russell Crowe joined efforts to end her 2004 reporting on Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual misconduct.:
Waxman said she also tracked down a woman in London who had been paid off after an unwanted sexual encounter with Weinstein. The woman told Waxman she was terrified to speak because of her non-disclosure agreement, but Waxman was able to secure evidence of a pay-off.
But Waxman said she started to face intense pressure to not run the story.
That pressure included Matt Damon and Russell Crowe calling her to directly vouch for Lombardo.
As Miramax chief, Weinstein had executive produced “Good Will Hunting,” the 1997 film that propelled Damon and Ben Affleck to stardom and earned them Academy Awards for original screenplay. He also produced Damon and Affleck’s reality TV series “Project Greenlight,” and produced “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World,” the 2003 Russell Crowe seafaring movie for which that actor was nominated for another Oscar.
Waxman said there also were “unknown discussions well above my head at The Times,” and Weinstein, a major advertiser, apparently visited the newsroom in person to make his pleasure unknown.
The story eventually ran but it was buried in the back pages of the paper and dealt with the “obscure” tale bout Miramax firing an Italian executive. “The story was stripped of any reference to sexual favors or coercion and buried on the inside of the Culture section,” Waxman wrote.
And that’s the rest of the story…
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