Quentin Tarantino says he 'knew enough' about Harvey Weinstein
The film industry has found itself embroiled in a veritable media storm, after The New York Times published a damning exposé investigating decades of sexual abuse claims lodged against renowned film producer, Harvey Weinstein.
Three weeks after the story broke, the scandal continues to rock the industry, as more and more women come forward to share their stories. As of now, more than 40 women have disclosed details of how they fell victim to Weinstein's unsolicited advances, and that number includes household names such as Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rose McGowan and Ashley Judd.
Now, other producers and directors are coming forward to rebuke the film industry's claim that Weinstein's actions were largely unknown. One such person is celebrated film director, Quentin Tarantino.
Famed for bringing audiences cult classics such as Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill and Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino has spoken out about the allegations of sexual harassment that have been brought forward against Harvey Weinstein. The 54-year-old director admitted that he had known about the producer's misconduct all along.
Tarantino and Weinstein have collaborated numerous times throughout the years - most famously on the Oscar Award-winning Pulp Fiction. And after the claims of abuse were publicised, Tarantino asserted that he needed time to process his thoughts. But now, he has given a full interview on the matter.
Speaking to the New York Times, Tarantino 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," he continued.
He then went on to assert that his ex-girlfriend Mira Sorvino, one of the actresses who came forward with allegations against the producer, had told him about Weinstein's antics back in the 90s. When Sorvino told him, he described himself as being "shocked and appalled":
"I couldn’t believe he would do that so openly [...] I was like: ‘Really? Really?’ But the thing I thought then, at the time, was that he was particularly hung up on Mira. I thought Harvey was hung up on her in this Svengali kind of way. Because he was infatuated with her, he horribly crossed the line."
However, despite being well aware of Weinstein's actions, Tarantino failed to step forward until the claims were publicised. Explaining his decision-making process, the director said: "I chalked it up to a ’50s-’60s era image of a boss chasing a secretary around the desk [...] As if that’s O.K. That’s the egg on my face right now."
Tarantino is only the latest of Weinstein's coterie of colleagues and acquaintances to denounce his actions, but he is, however, one of the first to admit that they were aware of his systematic chain of abuse. While the disgraced film mogul has apologised for his behaviour, he continues to insist that he "unequivocally denies" having non-consensual sex with his victims.
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