Quentin Tarantino Admits He Knew About Harvey Weinstein Sexual Harassment Claims

Quentin Tarantino Admits He Knew About Harvey Weinstein Sexual Harassment Claims

Quentin Tarantino Admits He Knew About Harvey Weinstein Sexual Harassment Claims

Quentin Tarantino, the Hollywood director most closely tied to Harvey Weinstein, has known for decades about the producer's alleged misconduct toward women and now feels ashamed he did not take a stronger stand and stop working with him, he said in an interview.

Tarantino said that his own ex-girlfriend Mira Sorvino told him about incidents of unwanted touching and inappropriate advances that she had personally experienced with Weinstein.

Even though he heard her story directly from the actress and was aware the Rose McGowan had reached a private settlement with Weinstein, as reported by the New York Times, Tarantino says he did not recognize the broad scope and degree of alleged abuse. "Everyone who was close to Harvey had heard of at least one of those incidents" chronicled in the first few articles, he said.

In light of dozens of allegations from actresses including Angelina Jolie, Ashley Judd, Cara Delevingne and Eva Green, Weinstein has been fired from his own company and expelled from the Motion Picture Academy.

Actress Mayim Bialik says she's "truly sorry for causing so much pain" with her New York Times opinion piece that critics suggested put blame on women who've accused movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault and sexual harassment.

The director also went on to clarify that those in Weinstein's inner circle were not ignorant about his behavior.

"I wish I had taken responsibility for what I heard", he continued. "If I had done the work I should have done then, I would have had to not work with him", said Tarantino about their relationship.

Weinstein, through a representative, has denied the accusations, saying all sexual encounters were consensual. "It was impossible they didn't". He said they texted about it following her coming forward with the story. He claims to have not been able to communicate with Weinstein since the initial New York Times report was published.

"I chalked it up to a '50s-'60s era image of a boss chasing a secretary around the desk", he told the paper. "As if that's O.K. That's the egg on my face right now".

In the interview, Tarantino issued several calls to action.

Tarantino spends much of the article lambasting his former actions and calling for a systemic change within the entertainment industry, which he describes as a "Jim Crow-like system that us males have nearly tolerated".

On the discussion of who knew what about Weinstein and when, he said: "I'm calling on the other guys who knew more to not be scared". Acknowledge that there was something rotten in Denmark. "Vow to do better by our sisters".

He added, "What was previously accepted is now untenable to anyone of a certain consciousness".