Quentin Tarantino finally comments on longtime friend and collaborator Harvey Weinstein, 'I knew he did a couple of these things.'
Aside from maybe fellow director Kevin Smith, Quentin Tarantino had some of the deepest ties to disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. Smith has since revealed he plans to donate all future residuals of his Weinstein-backed films to charity.
As more revelations about Weinstein's wide-spread abuse came to light last week Tarantino released a small statement via friend Amber Tamblyn.
“I knew enough to do more than I did,” Tarantino said. “There was more to it than just the normal rumors, 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. If I had done the work I should have done then, I would have had to not work with him.”
Weinstein has been integral to Tarantino's success, especially early on in the director's career. Weinstein distributed Tarantino's first film in 1992's “Reservoir Dogs.” Either as part of Miramax Films or The Weinstein Company, Weinstein has distributed all of Tarantino's films aside from his 2007 double feature "Grind House" with fellow director Robert Rodriguez.
“What I did was marginalize the incidents,” Tarantino recalled. “Anything I say now will sound like a crappy excuse.”
“Everyone who was close to Harvey had heard of at least one of those incidents. It was impossible they didn’t.”