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Matt Damon And Russell Crowe Tried To Bury Harvey Weinstein Sexual Harassment Story

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The founder of The Wrap and a former New York Times reporter Sharon Waxman says back in 2004, the New York Times killed her story about Weinstein’s alleged sexual abuse. In the report, she states:

“In 2004, I was still a fairly new reporter at The New York Times when I got the green light to look into oft-repeated allegations of sexual misconduct by Weinstein. It was believed that many occurred in Europe during festivals and other business trips there.”

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What did her report find?

Waxman says started looking into Fabrizio Lombardo, the head of Miramax Italy, who made $400,00 a year with little to no film experience. She says her sources say Lombardo was in the position because he was a friend of Weinstein, and also because he helped set up favors for him.

Waxman also spoke to a woman in London, who allegedly was paid off by Weinstein after an “unwanted sexual encounter.” Allegedly the woman was afraid to come forward because of her non-disclosure agreement.

Did her story ever run?

Waxman asserts:

“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.”

But that’s not what upset her the most…

Waxman says the story the New York Times ran did not include any of her reporting about sexual favors or the pay-off stating:

“I was devastated after traveling to two countries and overcoming immense challenges to confirm at least part of the story that wound up running last week, more than a decade later. Today I wonder: If this story had come to light at the time, would Weinstein have continued his behavior for another decade.”

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