Filmmakers Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino and Oliver Stone have broken their silence regarding allegations producer Harvey Weinstein sexual harassed and/or abused dozens of women.
The Weinstein Co. fired co-founder Weinstein this week and his wife, Georgina Chapman, left him in the wake of the scandal. He reportedly is now in rehab.
Rodriguez is the former boyfriend of Weinstein accuser Rose McGowan. He also worked with The Weinstein Co. and Weinstein’s previous Miramax studio on several films, including The Spy Kids movies, Roadracers, Four Rooms, From Dusk Til Dawn and Sin City.
“I find the behavior of Harvey Weinstein truly disgusting, both what he did and how he covered his tracks, and it makes me wonder how many others can’t come forward and tell their full story because of legal and personal intimidation,” Variety quoted Rodriguez as saying in a statement. “His repulsive behavior was an abuse of power. Thankfully, he’s now discovering what true power is.”
Rodriguez’s frequent collaborator Tarantino did not immediately condemn Weinstein.
Tarantino and Weinstein worked together on most of Tarantino’s projects. Among them are Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, Jackie Brown, The Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained and The Hatefeul Eight.
Tarantino is not on social media and asked his friend, actress Amber Tamblyn, to share a statement on his behalf.
“For the last week I’ve been stunned and heartbroken about the revelations that have come to light about my friend for 25 years Harvey Weinstein,” Tarantino’s message said. “I need a few more days to process my pain, emotions, anger and memory and then I will speak publicly about it.”
“I’ve been travelling for the last couple of days and wasn’t aware of all the women who came out to support the original story in the New York Times. After looking at what has been reported in many publications over the last couple of days, I’m appalled and commend the courage of the women who’ve stepped forward to report sexual abuse or rape,” Stone said in a statement to Variety. “I’ll therefore recuse myself from the Guantanamo series as long as The Weinstein Co. is involved.”
Stone was previously quoted by The Hollywood Reporter as saying: “I’m a believer that you wait until this thing gets to trial. … I believe a man shouldn’t be condemned by a vigilante system. It’s not easy what he’s going through, either. During that period he was a rival. I never did business with him and didn’t really know him. I’ve heard horror stories on everyone in the business, so I’m not going to comment on gossip. I’ll wait and see, which is the right thing to do.”