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Thousands sign petition to remove Matt Damon from ‘Ocean’s 8’

A petition to have the actor removed from the all-female reboot of Oceans 8 because of his comments on sexual misconduct in Hollywood has received 20,000 signatures.

FILE: US actors Matt Damon and George Clooney, Picture: AFP.

LONDON - A petition to have Matt Damon removed from Ocean’s 8 has received 20,000 signatures.

Fans are horrified at the 47-year-old actor’s comments on the recent spate of sexual assault allegations in Hollywood and they have demanded his cameo in the upcoming Ocean’s 11 reboot is dropped.

The petition, which is directed at producers George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh, says: “The all-female reboot of Oceans 8 was supposed to be an empowering film for women. The movie spotlights the talents of its tremendous female cast and showcases the savvy and prowess of its characters.

“But that was before allegations that Matt Damon - who has a well-publicized cameo in Oceans 8 - not only ignored but enabled his friend Harvey Weinstein’s inappropriate behaviour by trying to squash a New York Times report in 2004 that detailed instances where Weinstein had used his position as a high-powered studio executive to harass and even assault women.

“Damon also recently gave an interview where said he’d still work people who had been accused of sexual misconduct, on a “case-by-case” basis. This behaviour is beyond enabling - it’s just gross. Matt Damon should not be in this movie.

“Damon’s inclusion would trivialize the serious nature of the charges against sexual abusers like Weinstein - a show massive disrespect for the brave women speaking out. It would also send a terrible message about the inevitability of - and lack of accountability for - sexual harassment in the workplace that four in ten American women experience.

“I’m calling on Oceans 8 producers George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh to toss Damon’s Oceans 8 cameo where it belongs: on the cutting room floor. Will you join me? (sic).”

WATCH: OCEAN'S 8 - Official 1st Trailer

Damon has previously admitted he was aware of one incident in which disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed Gwyneth Paltrow and he has been accused of trying to quash a 2004 report dealing with other allegations against Weinstein.

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