Quentin Tarantino Breaks Silence on Harvey Weinstein: ‘I Knew Enough To Do More Than I Did’
Director Quentin Tarantino has finally weighed in on the sexual harassment and assault allegations against his long-time collaborator, film Harvey Weinstein.
In an interview with The New York Times, Tarantino revealed that he had heard the rumors of Weinstein’s behavior over the years, and he expressed regret for not speaking up sooner.
“I knew enough to do more than I did,” Tarantino said. “There was more to it than just the normal rumors, the normal gossip. It wasn’t secondhand. I knew he did a couple of these things.”
Weinstein produced almost all of Tarantino’s films, including Pulp Fiction, Inglourious Basterds, The Hateful Eight, and both Kill Bill films.
“I wish I had taken responsibility for what I heard,” Tarantino said. “If I had done the work I should have done then, I would have had to not work with him.”
The Oscar-winner told The Times that he heard allegations about Weinstein while he was dating actress Mira Sorvino, one of Weinstein’s accusers, which at the time he recalled being “shocked and appalled,” but dismissed what he heard as an isolated incident.
He said he was also aware of the settlement Weinstein made with actress Rose McGowan, who starred in the 2007 Robert Rodriguez film Planet Terror that was a part of a Weinstein-produced Grindhouse double-feature with Tarantino.
“What I did was marginalize the incidents,” Tarantino elaborated. “Anything I say now will sound like a crappy excuse.”
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