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Quentin Tarantino sorry about staying mum on Weinstein

IANS | Los Angeles |

Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino says he had known for decades about Hollywood producer Harvey Weinsteins misconduct towards women, and now feels ashamed that he did not take a stand and stop working with him.

“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 second hand. I knew he did a couple of these things,” Tarantino told nytimes.com.

“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,” he added.

Tarantino said his former girlfriend Mira Sorvino told him about unwanted touching by Weinstein. Another actress told him a similarly upsetting story years later. He also knew that actress Rose McGowan had reached a settlement with the producer.

Though he continued to hear many other allegations over the years, he proceeded to make film after film with Weinstein — a decision he now regrets.

“What I did was marginalise the incidents. Anything I say now will sound like a crappy excuse,” he said.

Since 1992, Weinstein and Tarantino have worked together in films like Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, the Kill Bill series, Inglourious Basterds and The Hateful Eight.