Oliver Stone chose not to condemn disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein.
At the Busan International Film Festival, the Hollywood director was asked to weigh in on the ongoing controversy. And while he didn’t give a full-throated defense of Weinstein, he wanted to wait before making a judgment.
“I’m a believer that you wait until this thing gets to trial,” he began. “I believe a man shouldn’t be condemned by a vigilante system. It’s not easy what he’s going through, either.”
He added, “During that period he was a rival. I never did business with him and I didn’t really know him. I’ve heard horror stories on everyone in the business. So, I’m not going to comment on gossip. I’ll wait and see, which is the right thing to do.”
Stone isn’t the only one who hasn’t condemned Weinstein. Actress Lindsay Lohan defended the producer, saying he “never wronged” her and that the attacks “need to stop.” And fashion designer Donna Karan, a friend of Weinstein’s, took a lot of heat for suggesting that his victims may have been “asking for it.”
There was some immediate reaction on Twitter to Stone’s semi-defense of Weinstein:
Was waiting to see what filmmaker would resort to “Poor Harvey, no fair, this is vigilantism” and… https://t.co/N9sC8qSqQg
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) October 13, 2017
In 2019 Oliver Stone will be interviewing Harvey Weinstein from a bunker somewhere in Romania.
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) October 13, 2017
Hey. Fuck. You. Oliver Stone. Another toxic dinosaur like Schrader. pic.twitter.com/8xVKbdtgTv
— Scott Weinberg (@scottEweinberg) October 13, 2017
The spectacle of Oliver Stone spinning for Weinstein calls for some Tucker face pic.twitter.com/NeAS7T8jdE
— Allahpundit (@allahpundit) October 13, 2017
UPDATE (3:19AM): Stone backtracked his remarks:
I’ve been traveling for the last couple of days and wasn’t aware of all the women who came out to support the original story in the New York Times.
After looking at what has been reported in many publications over the last couple of days, I’m appalled and commend the courage of the women who’ve stepped forward to report sexual abuse or rape.
I’ll therefore recuse myself from the “Guantanamo” series as long as the Weinstein Company is involved.
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