Matt Damon's costars face questions in his absence at "Downsizing" premiere, while Harvey Weinstein's former assistant seeks NDA reform.
As the sexual harassment scandal continues to unfold in Hollywood and beyond, new posters popped up in Los Angeles showing Meryl Streep and Harvey Weinstein together with the words "#SheKnew" written on them.
One of Weinstein's accusers is seeking reform in the laws surrounding non-disclosure agreements, shortly after breaking hers to speak out against her former boss. And after his comments on the scandal were not well received, Matt Damon was notably absent from the premiere of his film "Downsizing" Tuesday night.
Here are the latest developments:
'#SheKnew' Posters Attack Meryl Streep
Los Angeles residents woke up Wednesday to several posters around the city, including one near Meryl Streep's home, with the words "#SheKnew" over a picture of Streep and Weinstein, as reported by CBS Los Angeles. The posters appear to be a response to Streep's claims that she had no idea about Weinstein's alleged sexual behavior.
Rose McGowan called out Streep over the weekend for her lengthy professional relationship with Weinstein. In a tweet that has since been deleted, the former "Charmed" star slammed the proposed boycott of the sexual harassment scandal by the women of Hollywood that would see them wearing black to the Golden Globes,
Streep responded to the attack in a statement to USA Today: "It hurt to be attacked by Rose McGowan in banner headlines this weekend, but I want to let her know I did not know about Weinstein’s crimes, not in the 90s when he attacked her, or through subsequent decades when he proceeded to attack others."
Gary Goddard Accused of Sexual Assault by 7 More Child Actors
Anthony Edwards' allegations that he was sexually abused by Gary Goddard as a youth have been echoed by seven others from the same theater group, according to the Los Angeles Times.
All of the alleged assaults occurred during Goddard's time working for Walt Disney's theme park design group in the 1970s. There, he would direct young male actors in youth theater productions such as "Oliver!" and "Peter Pan." The alleged assaults would occur in the car or campgrounds while the troupe was traveling. The stories range from groping to kissing and even forced masturbation.
Goddard "categorically denies" the allegations, saying through a publicist, "If it were possible to prove a negative, Mr. Goddard would debate these 40-year-old allegations," which he said are "full of innuendo and hearsay." He has taken a leave of absence from his position as CEO of The Goddard Group so the company can "continue their projects undistracted by recent allegations."
Matt Damon Skips 'Downsizing' Premiere
Amid the fallout from his remarks regarding the ongoing sexual harassment scandal, Matt Damon was notably absent from the premiere of his new film "Downsizing," though a rep for the film said he was "dealing with an ongoing family matter" out of town, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
In his absence, his co-stars on the film were asked about the controversy. "It’s a delicate thing for everyone to talk about, and I feel like we’re all learning," Kristen Wiig told THR, while Laura Dern (who had yet to read Damon's comments) urged people to not bully one another on social media and figure out how to work together.
"I think Matt was trying to do some good and ask some questions that we’re all going to have to answer pretty soon," James Van Der Beek said. "I don’t have the answers. We’re all figuring it out."
Harvey Weinstein's Assistant Seeks NDA Reform
After 19 years and breaking a non-disclosure agreement, the disgraced movie mogul's former assistant, Zelda Perkins, alleged that he attempted to rape a colleague in 1998. She is now seeking a reform of the laws that allow non-disclosure agreements to protect predatory and criminal behavior.
"I understand that non-disclosure agreements have a place in society for both sides, but it's really important that legislation is changed around how these agreements are regulated," Perkins said on BBC Newsnight. "You cannot have a legal document that protects a criminal -- this isn't someone who sold you a dodgy car."
Ultimately, Perkins left Miramax, but not before signing an NDA prohibiting her from speaking about her time there. Perkins first spoke up to the Financial Times in October where she claims that she suffered years of harassment from Weinstein, but decided to act after the assault against her colleague. The women were advised to seek damages from Weinstein, and a settlement was agreed upon.