Minnie Driver is once again calling out Matt Damon over his comments on the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements.
The actress tells The New York Times Damon’s suggestion that there is a hierarchy of sexual harassment and abuse represents “every intelligent, nice white male who feels it is their job to comment on the way that women metabolize stuff.”
In an interview published on Tuesday, Driver singled out her former boyfriend and “Good Will Hunting” co-star’s comments from a December interview with ABC News in which he described a “spectrum of behaviour” in terms of sexual assault. He said there is “a difference between patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation.” Though Damon pointed out that both of those actions “need to be confronted and eradicated without question,” he added that they “shouldn’t be conflated.”
Driver initially responded to his remarks, tweeting, “There are so many men I love who do NOT frame the differentiation between sexual misconduct, assault and rape as an excuse or worse – our problem.” After public outcry, Damon issued an apology in January, stating, “I really wish I’d listened a lot more before I weighed in on this. Ultimately what it is for me is that I don’t want to further anybody’s pain. With anything that I do or say, so for that I’m really sorry.”
Now, the Oscar-nominated actress – who has been open about her own sexual assault as a teenager – is elaborating on her response to Damon’s comments.
“That somehow we should have a hierarchical system whereby touch on the arse is this, tits is this, you know, front bottom, back bottom, over the shirt, rape! That there would be some criteria,” she says, telling The New York Times men and woman can only move forward from this moment by working together.
“Women get to be heard,” she explains, advocating for a “model of truth and reconciliation” where sexual assault victims are given a platform to speak in order to move towards healing. “You get to be seen and heard and the accusers get to hear that and get to metabolize that and then there is due process and then there is healing,” she adds.