Generally Accepted Facts from Wikipedia
From the Wikipedia page for actor, Matt Damon
In October 2017, former New York Times reporter Sharon Waxman wrote on TheWrap that, when she looked into the allegations of sexual misconduct by Harvey Weinstein in 2004, Russell Crowe and Damon made direct phone calls to her to vouch for the head of Miramax Italy, Fabrizio Lombardo, whom she suspected of having "no film experience" and whose "real job was to take care of Weinstein’s women needs" in Europe. Damon responded in an interview with Deadline, "For the record, I would never, ever, ever try to kill a story like that... It’s not something I would do, for anybody". He said that he had known Lombardo "in a professional capacity" while working on The Talented Mr. Ripley, so he called the reporter and relayed his experience with Lombardo at Weinstein's request. "That was the extent of it....I’m sure I mentioned to her that I didn’t know anything about the rest of her piece, because I didn’t." Waxman has since endorsed Damon’s statement on Twitter.
Relationship to #Pizzagate
Connection to Harvey Weinstein
Connection to Jean Luc Brunel and Jeffrey Epstein
From the New York Times article, Harvey Weinstein’s Italian Friend Is Now in the Eye of a Media Storm, by Jason Horowitz on October 24, 2017:
Before Mr. Lombardo befriended actors and dated movie stars, he was the son of engineers in the northern Italian town of Novara. He learned English in London and French in Paris, where he first put his early passion for real estate into practice and entered the orbit of Jean-Luc Brunel, a powerful modeling agent in the 1980s. “He was one of the boys hanging around Jean-Luc,” said Renée Toft Simonsen, a top model at the time, who considered Mr. Lombardo “part of the system” of young men who hang around models and connect them with powerful people. Mr. Brunel, who surfaced in news reports several years ago for his connection to Jeffrey Epstein, a Florida billionaire convicted of soliciting prostitution from a minor, declined to comment. Mr. Lombardo ended up as part of the moveable feast. Former models and Miramax executives recalled him as a handsome wingman of Italian soccer stars like his real-estate business partner Nicola Berti.