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Infamous Matt Doran interview goes viral after Netflix film release

"One of the more transfixing, more repellant, more bizarre interviews that I've ever been a part of."

A 2018 Channel Seven interview featuring Matt Doran is going viral again on social media after the release of Netflix film May December, a film 'loosely based' on the infamous relationship between American schoolteacher Mary Kay Letournau and student Vili Fualaau.

CW: The following article discusses sexual abuse and may be uncomfortable for some readers.

In 1996, Mary Kay was 34 when she was caught having a sexual relationship with 12-year-old Vili. While the movie May December, starring Natalie Portman, Julianne Moore, and Charles Melton is said to be a 'loose' adaption of the real-life crime, viewers have been comparing some scenes closely with the real-life details of how the scandal played out, with Matt Doran's interview with Mary Kay and Vili resurfacing again.

Mary Kay Letournau and Vili Fualaau. Photo: Seven
Mary Kay Letournau and Vili Fualaau. Photo: Seven

The resurfaced interview has been viewed more than one million times on Twitter, and shows Mary Kay defending the nature of the relationship to a shocked Matt Doran.

In the clip, a frustrated Matt is seen telling Mary she was the adult in the situation, while she tries to dodge the statement. She then turns to Vili and repeatedly asks him, "Who is the boss?" and "Who was the boss back then?" as he stammers over his answer and says, "All I knew is what I knew back then."

"He was 13, Mary," a shocked Matt is heard saying. "Even as you're hearing this now, c'mon, he was 13," he continues as Mary says "It doesn't matter".

"It absolutely matters," a horrified Matt says in response, putting his face in his hands.

Matt Doran's interview with Mary Kay Letournau and Vili Fualaau is going viral again. Photo: Seven
Matt Doran's interview with Mary Kay Letournau and Vili Fualaau is going viral again. Photo: Seven

Matt Doran sat down with Sunrise this morning to discuss the now-infamous interview.

"It takes me back to what I'd have to describe as one of the more transfixing, more repellant, more bizarre interviews that I've ever been a part of and I put that up on a pedestal with having sat opposite people who have been responsible for mass murder," he said. "We are talking here about second-degree child rape."

"This was a family, for a time, that was the most talked about family in the world. It captivated the world in so many ways," Matt continued.

"What was this? Was this lust? Was this lunacy? Was this straight-up child abuse? Was this a cocktail of all of those things? And I think that's what's made this case so enduring."

For Aussie fans wanting to watch May December, it will be available to stream in Australia on February 1.

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