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In the midst of actress Rose McGowan's tweet storm about sexual misconduct allegations swirling around Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, she ripped into actors Ben Affleck and Matt Damon:

McGowan's tweets came just after Affleck released a statement lamenting Weinstein's alleged actions and following a story surfacing that claimed Damon helped gut a New York Times story on one of Weinstein's alleged victims.

In a statement posted to his Twitter account, Affleck said he was saddened and angry by Weinstein's actions:

One of McGowan's tweets seemed to imply that Affleck knew about Weinstein's alleged behavior prior to the news surfacing. “'G*DD**NIT! I TOLD HIM TO STOP DOING THAT' you said that to my face,” McGowan tweeted:

On Sunday, Sharon Waxman, CEO and editor-in-chief of The Wrap, claimed that while working at The New York Times in 2004, she found evidence that Weinstein paid off one of his alleged victims. Weinstein, Waxman claimed, indirectly pressured the Times through Damon and actor Russell Crowe.

The actors, Waxman said, vouched for Fabrizio Lombardo, the man who ran one of Weinstein's companies, Miramax, and allegedly took “care of Weinstein's women needs.”

Waxman reported:

I also tracked down a woman in London who had been paid off after an unwanted sexual encounter with Weinstein. She was terrified to speak because of her non-disclosure agreement, but at least we had evidence of a pay-off.

The story I reported never ran.

After intense pressure from Weinstein, which included having Matt Damon and Russell Crowe call me directly to vouch for Lombardo and unknown discussions well above my head at the Times, the story was gutted.

I was told at the time that Weinstein had visited the newsroom in person to make his displeasure known. I knew he was a major advertiser in the Times, and that he was a powerful person overall.

In an interview with Deadline, Damon said he was unaware of Weinstein's alleged behavior:

“We know this stuff goes on in the world. I did five or six movies with Harvey. I never saw this. I think a lot of actors have come out and said, everybody's saying we all knew. That's not true. This type of predation happens behind closed doors, and out of public view. If there was ever an event that I was at and Harvey was doing this kind of thing and I didn't see it, then I am so deeply sorry, because I would have stopped it. And I will peel my eyes back now, father than I ever have, to look for this type of behavior.”

Two of the Times's former editors also denied being able to recall pressure from Weinstein regarding Waxman's story.

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