Harvey Weinstein worked with Quentin Tarantino on nine films, and the end of cooperation took place in 2017, when the first accusations of sexual assault by the producer appeared. The filmmaker admitted at the time that he was aware of Weinstein’s behavior to some extent, but emphasized in an interview on the program Who’s Talking to Chris Wallacethat he never knew such behavior included sexual assault.
I didn’t hear the stories that came to light at all. I have heard the same stories that everyone has heard. What I wanted to do was talk to Harvey about it and say, “Harvey, you can’t do that.”
Tarantino admits that he considered these stories to be situations from a bygone era, when the boss chased the secretary around the office.
I’m not saying it was okay. But that’s how I took it… in those terms. There was never any rape or anything like that. (…) The reason I didn’t tell him anything was because it was a difficult conversation to have. I felt it was pathetic. I felt what he was doing was pathetic and I didn’t want to deal with his pathetics.
The creator adds that he was not aware that it was on the principle of “if you don’t do it for me, you won’t get the role”. He’s never heard of such situations, but he feels bad that he never had a manly conversation with him about it. Tarantino revealed in October 2017 that Mira Sorvino had confided in him about Weinstein’s sexual harassment. “I knew enough to do more than I did,” the director said at the time.
There was more to it than normal gossip, normal gossip. It wasn’t second hand. I knew he did some of those things. I wish I had taken responsibility for what I heard. If I had done the work I should have done then, I wouldn’t have had to work with him.