Acclaimed film director Quentin Tarantino has revealed that he knew of fellow Hollywood heavyweight Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct and kept quiet.
In an interview with The New York Times, Tarantino admitted that through his decades working with Weinstein, he had become privy to his harassment of women — particularly young actresses.
“I knew enough to do more than I did,” Tarantino reportedly 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.
Despite crediting much of his success to Weinstein, Tarantino expressed regret for not taking “responsibility” for what he had heard.
“If I had done the work I should have done then, I would have had to not work with him," he said.
Tarantino also revealed in the interview that he was aware of his ex-girlfriend Mira Sorvino’s encounters with Weinstein, and that he knew about the film producer’s secret settlement with Rose McGowan two decades ago.
However, even though he is taking accountability for his failure to act, he isn’t trying to make excuses for his shortcomings.
“What I did was marginalize the incidents,” Tarantino said. “Anything I say now will sound like a crappy excuse.”
Weinstein worked with Tarantino on his biggest films, including “Kill Bill,” “Inglourious Basterds,” “Django Unchained,” and the legendary classic, “Pulp Fiction,” among others.
Tarantino doesn’t use social media, so it took him a while to jump into the conversation after the allegations against Weinstein surfaced. However, Amber Tamblyn shared his first short public statement in which he appears to be surprised by the accusations.
“For the last week, I've been stunned and heartbroken about the revelations that have come to light about my friend for 25 years Harvey Weinstein. I need a few more days to process my pain, emotions, anger and memory and then I will speak publicly about it.”
Perhaps Tarantino was “stunned” because he didn’t realize the degree to which Weinstein was carrying out these assaults or just how many women in the industry he preyed upon. Or, maybe he initially intended to act like he didn’t know anything, but didn’t want to get exposed and shamed like actor Ben Affleck after he tried to act oblivious to Weinstein’s perverse behaviors.
After all, it seems as though many of Tarantino’s decisions surrounding this situation were self-serving, starting with the choice to keep quiet and continue working with Weinstein in the interest of his own career.
Nevertheless, the cat is out of the bag now, and we can only hope that this serves as a lesson to all men in Hollywood to step up and speak out in support of their women colleagues rather than treating Hollywood like an old boys’ club.
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