When the Harvey Weinstein affair started blowing up, long-time collaborator Quentin Tarantino issued a statement on Twitter to describe his "heartbroken" reaction to the revelations involving his friend.
Noting that he'd need a few days to process his pain before speaking publicly, Tarantino has now come forward admitting that he had known for decades about Weinstein's misconduct.
In an interview with the New York Times, the director explains that he was aware of his colleague's behaviour and regrets not acting earlier. He says:
"I knew enough to do more than I did. There was more to it than just the normal rumours, 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."
Further into the interview, the filmmaker describes that he knew about Rose McGowan's settlement with Weinstein, and says that his former partner Mira Sorvino had also told him about unwelcome advances and unwanted touching from the producer.
That did not, however, prevent him from continuing to work with him. "What I did was marginalise the incidents," he says. "Anything I say now will sound like a crappy excuse."