Quentin Tarantino admits he “knew” about Harvey Weinstein allegations and regrets staying quiet
Quentin Tarantino has spoken out about the Harvey Weinstein allegations, admitting “I wish I had taken responsibility for what I heard”.
Many women in the entertainment industry have come forward with stories of Harvey Weinstein’s misconduct over the last two weeks, including Lysette Anthony, Rose McGowan, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Rose McGowan, Cara Delevingne, Ashley Judd and Lena Headey. Weinstein, who has been fired by his own production company, has “unequivocally denied” any allegations of non-consensual sex.
Weinstein’s collaborator of many years, Tarantino, was silent when news first broke, asking for time to process allegations before making any comment.
Five days later, Tarantino has now acknowledged that he regrets staying quiet about allegations of Weinstein’s misconduct for several years.
Speaking to the New York Times, he said: “I knew enough to do more than I did.
“There was more to it than just the normal rumours, the normal gossip. It wasn’t secondhand. I knew he did a couple of these things.”
The Pulp Fiction filmmaker continued: “I wish I had taken responsibility for what I heard. If I had done the work I should have done then, I would have had to not work with him.”
“What I did was marginalise the incidents,” Tarantino confessed, adding: “Anything I say now will sound like a crappy excuse.”
Tarantino concluded by calling any men who knew of Weinstein’s alleged misconduct to come forward and accept the same responsibility he has.
“I’m calling on the other guys who knew more to not be scared.
“Don’t just give out statements. Acknowledge that there was something rotten in Denmark. Vow to do better by our sisters.”