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    Harvey Weinstein: Matt Damon denies trying to stop story in 2004, Cara Delevingne joins list of accusers

    The actor denies trying to stop a news story 13 years ago about Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual harassment, as model Cara Delevingne joins the growing list of accusers.


    Actor Matt Damon has denied trying to stop a news story 13 years ago about Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual harassment, as model Cara Delevingne joined the growing list of accusers.

    Reporter Sharon Waxman, who then worked for The New York Times, said she looked into rumours in 2004 that an employee of Weinstein's in Italy was procuring women for him.

    She said Weinstein asked Damon and Russell Crowe to call her to vouch for the employee.

    Damon said he did not know the detail of the allegations and has denied the accusation.

    "I would never, ever, ever try to kill a story like that," he told Deadline.

    "I just wouldn't do that. It's not something I would do, for anybody."

    Damon denied ever seeing inappropriate behaviour while working with Weinstein.

    Waxman was ultimately unable to publish any allegations relating to Weinstein's alleged sexual behaviour.

    She told the BBC the story was scrapped after intense pressure from Weinstein, who was an advertiser at the time.

    Crowe has not commented on the issue.

    More high-profile victims emerge

    Delevingne said she was harassed on numerous occasions by Weinstein.

    She said in a lengthy Instagram post that Weinstein brought up sexual subjects during more than one business meeting and also tried to get her to kiss a woman in front of him.

    She said she did not participate and left the room.

    Delevingne subsequently appeared in a Weinstein Company film and added that she "felt awful that I did the movie".

    She said she was afraid to speak out at the time of the incident because she feared she may have somehow been responsible and did not want to hurt his family.

    Delevingne said in a second post that abuse of women by powerful men happens in every industry. She urged victims to speak out.

    A message sent to a Weinstein spokeswoman by AP was not immediately returned.

    Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashley Judd, Asia Argento and Rose McGowan are among the many women who have said Weinstein sexually harassed them.

    Weinstein has reportedly reached eight settlements with women in the past 30 years after being confronted with allegations of sexual harassment, according to The New York Times.

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