It looks like two of the most famous liberal actors in Hollywood have been caught in a terrible sexual scandal — one that has been covered up for a long time.
According to The Daily Caller, a former New York Times reporter said that both Matt Damon and Russell Crowe called her personally to protect film producer Harvey Weinstein, who faces accusations of sexual misconduct. Thanks to their efforts, the New York Times dropped her story – leaving it untold until recently.
Hollywood was turned upside-down last week when the story of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment charges was released, resulting in the film producer getting fired from his own company.
Sharon Waxman, the original reporter on the case back in 2004 (who left the New York Times and founded The Wrap), said publicly that The Times refused to give her permission to cover the story, regardless of the evidence she had uncovered.
“In 2004, I was still a fairly new reporter at The New York Times when I got the green light to look into oft-repeated allegations of sexual misconduct by Weinstein,” she said. “It was believed that many occurred in Europe during festivals and other business trips there.”
Her initial investigations led her to an individual named Fabrizio Lombardo, the head of Miramax Italy was made $400,000 a year with virtually no experience in the film industry. According to Waxman’s sources, Lombardo was given his position, not because of his experience but because he was a key connection that helped set up sexual favors for Weinstein.
Waxman further spoke to a woman in London who said she was paid off by Weinstein after an “unwanted sexual encounter.” After the experience, she said that she was scared to speak up because of her non-disclosure agreement. However, pressure from Waxman’s superiors soon followed, resulting in her having to stop her investigation.
“After intense pressure from Weinstein, which included having Matt Damon and Russell Crowe call me directly to vouch for Lombardo and unknown discussions well above my head at the Times, the story was gutted,” she said. “I was told at the time that Weinstein had visited the newsrooms in person to make his displeasure known.”
The Times chose not to cover any of her reporting related to Weinstein’s sexual favors or the payoff to Lombardo. Instead, the story was stripped of any reference to sexual favors or coercion and buried inside of the Culture section as an obscure, boring story.
“I was devastated after traveling to two countries and overcoming immense challenges to confirm at least part of the story that wound up running last week, more than a decade later. Today I wonder; If this story had come to light at the time, would Weinstein have continued his behavior for another decade.”
Neither Damon’s nor Crowe’s representatives have replied to these comments.
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Jon Landman, who is currently an editor for Bloomberg, was the paper’s Culture editor at the time and told Waxman that the story wasn’t very interesting, as reported by Fox News. She has accused The Times of enabling the film producer’s actions, before later choosing to embrace the story in 2017.
“So pardon me for having a deeply ambivalent response about the current heroism of the Times,” the former reporter wrote.
It’s a shocking demonstration of how sexual misconduct can be ignored amidst the Left in Hollywood — and a testament to their rampant hypocrisy.