"I do believe that there's a spectrum of behavior", Damon told ABC News' Peter Travers during an interview on Thursday. Damon further expressed that although sexual misconduct and harassment should be "eradicated without question", they should not be conflated.
Soon to follow suit was Hollywood actress and Matt's ex-girlfriend, Minnie Driver, who took to her Twitter account to post, 'Gosh it's so *interesting how men with all these opinions about women's differentiation between sexual misconduct, assault and rape reveal themselves to be utterly tone deaf and as a result, systemically part of the problem (* profoundly unsurprising)'.
Alyssa Milano also responded to Damon, with a series of tweets that emphasize the silencing effect of men downplaying and dismissing certain forms of sexual assault and harassment just because they see them happen every day.
Driver continued: "I felt I desperately needed to say something".
Driver said that many men, men like Damon especially, "simply can not understand what abuse is like on a daily level". "They simply can not understand what abuse is like on a daily level", she told the outlet.
The actress has told The Guardian that men "simply can not understand what abuse is like on a daily level" and called out her former partner and Good Will Hunting co-star over his recent comments on sexual misconduct. "No one can. It is so individual and so personal, it's galling when a powerful man steps up and starts dictating the terms, whether he intends it or not".
Driver criticized Damon for his comments about actor Louis C.K., who has been accused of sexual misconduct by five women, some of whom claimed that the Newton native masturbated in front of them without their consent.
When social media users tried to defend Matt'sremarks, which included saying, "there's a difference between, you know, patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation", Minnie remained strong.
In the interview, Damon also commended Louis CK for being remorseful in his apology.
'I have been a victim of each component of the sexual assault spectrum of which you speak.
Driver and Damon previously starred together in 1997's Good Will Hunting and dated for a short time afterward.
'I mean, look at the guy. But, Damon argued, "We are so energized to kind of get retribution".
"I knew I wouldn't want him married to anyone close to me". I don't know Louis C.K. "I'm a fan of his, but I don't imagine he's going to do those things again", Damon added. "I imagine the price that he's paid at this point is so beyond anything".
He also told ABC News he was not aware of any of the allegations against Harvey Weinstein, who he worked with on multiple movies including "Good Will Hunting", before they came to light in October.