Matt Damon says he wishes he’d ‘listened a lot more’ before ‘weighing in’ on sexual misconduct allegations

The actor was criticised for several comments he made in the wake of the claims to come out of Hollywood

Matt Damon has apologised for comments he made in the wake of last year’s sexual misconduct allegations that came out of Hollywood.

The actor came under fire for saying such things like there is a “spectrum” of inappropriate behaviour, and that no one was talking about men who haven’t abused or harassed others.

In a new interview with Today‘s Kathie Lee Gifford, Damon admitted he was wrong to say such things. “Boy, I really wish I’d listened a lot more before I weighed in on this,” he said.

Matt Damon sexual misconduct

Matt Damon

When Gifford suggested he was a good listener, he replied: “Not in this case.” He continued to say he didn’t “want to further anybody’s pain with anything that I do or say.”

“So for that, I’m really sorry,” Damon apologised. “This whole Time’s Up [movement] – a lot of those women are my dear friends, and I love them and respect them and support what they’re doing, and want to be a part of that change and go along for that ride.”

The actor added: “I should get in the backseat and close my mouth for a while.”

Over three hundred women working with the film and TV industry launched the Time’s Up initiative on New Year’s Day. It’s aim is to combat systemic sexual harassment in the entertainment industry and beyond.

Backed by the likes of Natalie Portman, Emma Stone and Reese Witherspoon, the initiative includes a $13m legal defense fund to help those in less privileged positions protect themselves from assault and the legal ramifications of reporting it.