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Quentin Tarantino reflected on working with Harvey Weinstein, saying that “everyone knew” of the Hollywood mogul’s behavior towards women.
Tarantino told Joe Rogan on his podcast that while he didn’t know the full extent of Weinstein’s crimes, he did know that he made “unwanted advances” towards women and wished he had done more to stop the director, who he called a “f—-d up father figure.”
“I wish I had talked to the guy. I wish I had sat him down and had the uncomfortable conversation,” Tarantino said on “The Joe Rogan Experience”. “I didn’t know about any rapes or anything like that but I knew he was like, you know… I chalked it up to the boss chasing the secretary around the desk.”
Tarantino explained that he saw Weinstein’s behavior and regretted not talking to him about it.
“I wish I had talked to him. I wish I had sat him down and gone, ‘Harvey, you can’t do this, you’re gonna f–k up everything,” Tarantino said. “I don’t think anybody talked to him about it. And the thing about it is everybody who was in his orbit knew about it. They didn’t know any, probably they didn’t know anything about rapes, but they had heard things.”
Tarantino worked with Weinstein on almost all of his movies, including his break-out “Reservoir Dogs,” his Oscar-winning picture “Pulp Fiction,” plus “Kill Bill,” “Inglourious Basterds,” and “Django Unchained.”
Weinstein is currently serving a 23-year-long prison sentence after being convicted of rape and sexual assault in 2020. The director’s defense team is appealing the conviction.
This conviction came after over 80 women came forward with allegations against Weinstein, who was dismissed from his company The Weinstein Company in 2017 as a result.
Weinstein is also facing separate sex-crimes charges in Los Angeles that stemmed from two women who both said the director attacked them in 2013. Prosecutors have charged him with rape, forcible oral copulation, sexual penetration by use of force, and sexual battery by restraint.
This is not the first time Tarantino has spoken about the allegations against Weinstein.
In 2017, the director told The New York Times that he knew about some of the accusations as his then-girlfriend Mira Sorvino, who was one of the many women who accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct, had told him about it.
“I was shocked and appalled. I couldn’t believe he would do that so openly. I was like, ‘Really? Really?’ But the thing I thought then, at the time, was that he was particularly hung up on Mira,” Tarantino said.
He continued: “I knew enough to do more than I did. 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.”