Los Angeles, Oct 20 (IANS) Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino says he had known for decades about Hollywood producer Harvey Weinsteins misconduct towards women, and now feels ashamed that he did not take a stand and stop working with him.
“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 second hand. I knew he did a couple of these things,” Tarantino told nytimes.com.
“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,” he added.
Tarantino said his former girlfriend Mira Sorvino told him about unwanted touching by Weinstein. Another actress told him a similarly upsetting story years later. He also knew that actress Rose McGowan had reached a settlement with the producer.
Though he continued to hear many other allegations over the years, he proceeded to make film after film with Weinstein — a decision he now regrets.
“What I did was marginalise the incidents. Anything I say now will sound like a crappy excuse,” he said.
Since 1992, Weinstein and Tarantino have worked together in films like “Reservoir Dogs”, “Pulp Fiction”, the “Kill Bill” series, “Inglourious Basterds” and “The Hateful Eight”.
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