Matt Damon faces huge backlash for his latest controversial comments on sexual assault

Matt Damon has faced huge criticism from the internet following his latest comments about sexual assault.

The actor already came under fire back in October for admitting he had some knowledge about Gwyneth Paltrow’s sexual assault, despite initially denying it.

In a controversial interview with Peter Travers for ABC News, Matt Damon firstly discussed how he thought the repercussions of the crime need to be proportional to the act…

“I do believe that there’s a spectrum of behaviour,” he began.

“And we’re going to have to figure – you know, there’s a difference between, you know, patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation, right?

“Both of those behaviours need to be confronted and eradicated without question, but they shouldn’t be conflated, right?”

He then continued to outrage people by telling Peter Travers how he would feel if someone knew well was accused of sexual assault…

“It depends on what the accusation is,” he added.

“It depends what’s going on. If it’s a friend of mine, I’m always talking to them. I know the real story if it’s my friend. If it’s a colleague… I don’t know… I guess it depends on the situation and the allegation and how believable I think it is.”

Despite the criticism he faced from fans for not speaking up about Gwyneth Paltrow at the beginning of the scandal, he agreed that it was “wonderful” to hear the sexual assault victims finally telling their stories…

“It’s wonderful that women are feeling empowered to tell their stories”, he added.

“We live in this culture of outrage and injury, and, you know, that we’re going to have to correct enough to kind of go, ‘Wait a minute. None of us came here perfect.’ You know what I mean?”

Naturally, his interview hasn’t gone down well on social media, with thousands of disgruntled people sharing their views on Twitter…

@jonrosenberg

“If you ever see Matt Damon in public feel free to slap his ass, he’s cool with it”

@chrissahardy

“Matt Damon voluntarily surrounds himself with sexual predators. Why are we asking him to share his views? We know them already.”

@Stephanietely

“Matt Damon, you know there’s a difference between having a thought and having a thought worthy of being voiced, right?”

@OliviaGoldhill

“I start to think maybe most men are learning about sexual harassment & assault? Then I read an interview with Matt Damon and realize oh, how terribly naive. Of course not”

@jonrosenberg

If Matt Damon never made a movie again I probably wouldn’t notice. What an asshole

Where do you guys stand? Has Matt Damon dug an even bigger hole for himself, or do you kind of see what he was getting at in the interview?