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Petition for Matt Damon’s removal of ‘Ocean’s 8’ gains traction

File 2017: Actor Matt Damon speaks at the reception for the 89th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California. He is now a petition to remove the cameo in Ocean’s 8.

(Reuters)

Matt Damon comments on sexual harassment in Hollywood has prompted a petition for his cameo to be removed from the mostly female cast of ‘Ocean’s 8.”

A recent measurement of the online petition has more than 17,000 signatures to call for his removal.

The reboot, starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway and other notable female actresses, was “supposed to be like a piece of film for women,” the petition says, while the assertion that Damon “not only ignored, but turned on his friend Harvey Weinstein’s inappropriate behavior.”

It cited that Damon allegedly tried to squash a New York Times in 2004 that detailed cases, where the now fallen Hollywood mogul used his status as a studio executive to harass and abuse of women, the Agence France-Presse reported.

Damon denied trying to kill the story and claimed that he did not know of the allegations against Weinstein, which helped catapult his career, the report said.

The actor also came under fire last week for telling ABC News that there was a “spectrum of behaviour”
and a “difference between, you know, patting someone on the ass and rape or child abuse, right?”

“Damon integration (in the movie) would downplay the seriousness of the charges against sexual abusers such as Weinstein — a show of massive disrespect for the brave women of the word,” the petition read.

The petition calls on “Ocean’s 8″ producers George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh to leave Damon’s cameo on the cutting room floor.”

Damon is a long-time friend, Ben Affleck, which he shared an Oscar for best screenplay in 1997 for “Good will Hunting” and Affleck’s actor brother Casey, also have been accused in public in the last months of sexual misconduct, the AFP reported.

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