Tarantino knew about Weinstein, regrets not 'doing more' about it

Quentin Tarantino confesses to knowing about Harvey Weinstein for years.
Quentin Tarantino and Harvey Weinstein in 2007 Photo credit: Reuters

Legendary filmmaker Quentin Tarantino has confessed to knowing about Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual abuse for years and wishes he had done more to stop him.

The Django Unchained writer/director has been closely tied to the disgraced movie mogul, since his career was launched in the early '90s, when they released Resevoir Dogs and True Romance together.

Tarantino released a brief statement about the mounting allegations against a Weinstein a week ago, saying he was "stunned and heartbroken", but has now opened up about the scandal in an in-depth interview.

"I knew enough to do more than I did," Tarantino told the New York Times.

"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.

"I wish I had taken responsibility for what I heard... what I did was marginalise the incidents... anything I say now will sound like a crappy excuse."

Tarantino said he had been aware of the settlement between Rose McGowan and Weinstein, and that his then-girlfriend Mira Sorvino had also told him about Weinstein sexually harassing her.

Weinstein is being now accused of sexually harassing and assaulting more than 50 women.

He has been fired from his own company over the claims, for which he is also being investigated by several police departments in the UK and US.


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