Quentin Tarantino, Hollywood director closer to Harvey Weinstein, known for decades the producer’s alleged misconduct against women and now the shame of not taking a position and stop working with him, he said in an interview. “I knew enough to do more than I did,” he said, citing several episodes of leading actresses. “It was not just normal rumors, normal gossip, they were not used, I knew he did some of those things.”
“I would have liked to take responsibility for what I heard,” he added. “If I had done the work I should have done then, I should not have worked with him.” Weinstein’s allegations of sexual harassment and aggression were unveiled this month in The New York Times and The New Yorker. Other women shared stories of alleged abuses, unleashed criminal investigations, disrupted the entertainment world, and triggered a movement in social networks of women from other industries and backgrounds who tell their stories.
But Tarantino said in the interview Wednesday that he had heard about Mr. Weinstein’s behavior long before these articles. His own girlfriend, Mira Sorvino, told him about unwanted advances and unwanted contact with Mr. Weinstein. Another actress told her a similar story of anguish years later. He also knew that actress Rose McGowan had an agreement with the producer.
But Tarantino said he did not investigate whether the women he knew were part of a large number of abuses. Although he has continued to hear alarming stories over the years, he has continued to film and record with Mr. Weinstein, his best champion, a decision he now regrets. “What I did was sideline the incidents,” he recalls, saying he considered them to be misconduct. “Everything I say now will seem like an unconvincing excuse.”
During the one-hour conversation, Mr. Tarantino, 54, apologized for not doing more explaining why; admitted his own guilt at the same time that it demanded a radical change in the treatment of women by Hollywood; and sentenced Weinstein, 65, while acknowledging the closeness of his father and son. The producer and director were symbiotic for decades: in 1992, when M. Weinstein distributed “Reservoir Dogs”, “Pulp Fiction”, “Kill Bill”, “Damn bastards” and “Hate eight” until a few weeks ago, when launched an engagement party with Mr. Tarantino.
When M. Tarantino had read articles on M. Weinstein, he was horrified by the extent and seriousness of the alleged abuse, particularly the rape charges, it was said. But some of the accounts were deeply familiar to him. “Everyone near Harvey had heard of at least one of these incidents,” he said in the first articles. “It was impossible, they did not.”
When he and Mrs. Sorvino started dating in 1995, he said that not long ago, M. Weinstein had gathered without question, had chased him into a hotel room and even was introduced to his apartment in the middle of the night. she recently shared with the New Yorker. “I was shocked and dismayed” at the time, Tarantino said. “I could not believe I did it so openly.
‘For real? Really? “But what I thought then, at that moment, was that I was particularly hooked on Mira.” He had won accolades for his performance in “Mighty Aphrodite” and “I thought Harvey was hooked on her in this Svengali,” said M. Tarantino. “Because he was infatuated with her, he has horribly crossed the line.” The problem was solved, he said he felt at that moment, because he and Mrs. Sorvino were dating. “I’m with her, he knows, she’s not going to play with her, he knows she’s my girlfriend,” said M. Tarantino, who describes his attitude at the time.
Over the years, he has learned other accounts. Another friend of the actress told a disturbing story of Mr. Weinstein’s unwanted advances in a hotel room. Mr. Tarantino confronted Mr. Weinstein, who offered the woman what the director described as a feeble apology. (The Times report was confirmed, but did not want to be identified.) M. Tarantino also knew Mrs. McGowan had an agreement with M. Weinstein after an episode in a hotel room during the Sundance Film Festival. Recently, she tweeted that Mr. Weinstein had raped her.