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In wake of ‘culture of outrage’ comment, Damon skips film premiere

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Matt Damon, pictured at the premiere of “Suburbicon” in October, recently raised eyebrows when he didn’t show up to the Southern California premiere of “Downsizing” on Dec. 18. (Lionel Hahn/Abaca Press/TNS)
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Some folks are thinking that Matt Damon didn’t make it to the premiere of his movie “Downsizing” in Los Angeles because his remarks about ever-growing instances of sexual weren’t taken well by the likes of Alyssa Milano and Minnie Driver.

However, a Paramount Pictures representative said Damon was dealing with an “ongoing family matter.”

Milano and Driver had called Damon out on social media for an ABC News interview in which he said the current “culture of outrage” must take into account a “spectrum of behavior” regarding sexual misconduct. Later, more people got mad after Damon told Business Insider that men “who don’t do this kind of thing” deserve more recognition.

At the “Downsizing” premiere, Damon’s co-star Kristen Wiig in the Alexander Payne-directed satire called the climate “a delicate thing for everyone to talk about” and “heartbreaking.”

Another costar James Ven Der Beek told the Hollywood Reporter, “This is not something that plays out well in soundbites. I think Matt was trying to do some good and ask some questions that we’re all going to have to answer pretty soon.”

T.J. MILLER’S TURN

T.J. Miller’s in the hot seat now. Comedy Central has canceled the former “Silicon Valley” actor’s “The Gorburger Show” after just one season, in news that quickly followed sexual assault allegations against him published by the Daily Beast.

In that report, a woman going by the pseudonym Sarah said he sexually assaulted her during their time together at George Washington University in 2001, saying he shook her “violently,” choked her and punched her. She also said he had a beer bottle with which he penetrated her without her consent.

Miller and his wife Kate Gorney issued a statement denying the allegation. They said, “We met this woman over a decade ago while studying together in college, she attempted to break us up back then by plotting for over a year before making contradictory claims and accusations.”

However, five people who knew Sarah corroborated her information, and her claims were investigated by student court. Other women who have pointed to Miller’s threatening behavior, according to tech news website the Verge, include film critic Danielle Solzman and Arkansas comedian Lauren Ashley Bishop.

TRACK’S STRANGE TALK

After Track Palin was arrested on domestic violence charges over the weekend, reports say the 28-year-old son of former Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin called police at the scene “peasants” and “moved around in a strange manner.”

The incident happened at the Palin home in Wasilla, Alaska, where Track bloodied his father, Todd, in a fight over a truck, according to court records.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Singer JoJo is 27. … Actor Jonah Hill is 34. .. Singer David Cook is 35. … Singer Chris Robinson (The Black Crowes) is 51. … Singer Billy Bragg is 60. … Musician Alan Parsons is 69. … Philanthropist Gordon Getty is 84.

— Staff, wire report

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