On Tuesday night, Damon and Shookus were spotted leaving an SNL dinner at Lattanzi restaurant in New York City. Damon was all smiles, dressed casually in jeans and a jacket, while Shookus looked chic in a plaid coat, black dress, dotted tights and boots.
In September, a source told ET that 46-year-old Affleck was no longer in touch with 38-year-old Shookus. After their split, Affleck began dating 22-year-old Playboy model Shauna Sexton and underwent more than a month in rehab.
"Despite Lindsay being a great partner for Ben, she is out of the picture," the source said. "She has a child and career and in no way could have been expected to be there 24/7."
"Ben had been drinking and Lindsay was encouraging him to stop," the source said. "At that point, he still didn't seem to feel he had a real problem. Sadly, he spiraled very quickly, and Lindsay felt helpless."
"Lindsay wanted Ben to go to rehab, but had trouble getting him there," the source continued. "He didn't want to be controlled and ended things with Lindsay."
"When Matt and Ben were young, they loved to party together and have fun, but as soon as Matt realized Ben had issues with substance abuse, he made sure he wouldn't enable him,” the source said. "Matt stopped drinking with Ben because in no way does he want to support another downward spiral. Matt is a very loyal, stable and grounded friend who only wants success and happiness for Ben.”
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