A new story claiming Matt Damon is taking "to heart" Alyssa Milano's criticism on Twitter about his remarks on sexual misconduct is made-up. Gossip Cop is assured no one in the actor's world is talking to HollywoodLife, a site that repeatedly fabricates stories. We're told the entire article, including quotes attributed to a "source" connected to the actor, are manufactured.
Once again, the serial fibbers at that site have taken a real news story and spun it into fake news. As widely reported, on Thursday Damon gave an interview to ABC in which he expressed his belief that when it comes to sexual misconduct, "There's a spectrum of behavior," adding, "There's a difference between, you know, patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation, right?" Damon stressed, "All of that behavior needs to be confronted, but there is a continuum... You have rape and child molestation... That's criminal behavior, and it needs to be dealt with that way. The other stuff is just kind of shameful and gross."
His remarks elicited a number of varying views, including a string of tweets from Milano. Directing her criticism to Damon, Milano wrote on Twitter, "I have been a victim of each component of the sexual assault spectrum of which you speak. They all hurt. And they are all connected to a patriarchy intertwined with normalized, accepted — even welcomed — misogyny." She further noted, "We are not outraged because someone grabbed our [expletive] in a picture. We are outraged because we were made to feel this was normal." And she likened Damon's "spectrum of behavior" to "different stages of cancer. Some more treatable than others. But it's still cancer."
With that as the backdrop, the perfectly nicknamed HollywoodLies alleges a so-called "source" told the outlet, "[Damon] does truly believe what he said though, and, like many other men, he can't help feeling like there's a witch hunt mentality right now." The alleged tipster adds, "That said, he's really taken Alyssa's comments on board, and if more people take offense at what he said then he will definitely come out with an apology." The same almost assuredly fake "source" concludes, "Matt really doesn't want to be seen to be condoning, or excusing, sexual harassment and assault, because it's an issue that he takes very seriously — he just really needs to learn when to keep his private thoughts private."
HollywoodLife makes up a lot of fake news. Remember, it's the same outlet that Gossip Cop exposed when it manufactured a 100 percent untrue article a few months ago that falsely maintained Damon got Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner "back together." Irrespective of the site's history of fabricating provably wrong stories, we still fact-checked with a mutual friend of ours and Damon's, and we're assured he's not discussing his comments with anyone who would share his inner thoughts with an untrustworthy site. More importantly, Gossip Cop is told that right now Damon is focused on his father's battle with blood cancer.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.