Tarantino told podcast host Joe Rogan he was “sad” about Weinstein, whom he had considered some sort of “goddamn father figure,” during Tuesday’s episode. The Joe Rogan Experience Podcast. Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison last year after being convicted of rape and sexual assault in 2006 and 2013. Earlier this month, a judge ordered Weinstein to be extradited from the state of New York, where he is serving his sentence, to California to face 11 additional charges related to alleged sexual assault.
“I wish I could have done more,” Tarantino told Rogan. “I would have liked to talk to the guy. I wish I could have sat her down and had an uncomfortable conversation. I didn’t know anything about rapes or anything like that… but I knew he was like, you know… I attributed it to the boss chasing the secretary around the office… you know, he was making unwanted advances. This is how I saw it. “
“I would have liked to talk to him. I would have liked to sit him down and say ‘Harvey, you can’t do this, you’re going to screw it up’, ”he added. “I don’t think anyone told him about it. And the point is that everyone who was in his orbit knew it… They didn’t know anything about it, probably they didn’t know anything about the rapes. But they had heard things. “
Tarantino was speaking to Rogan about a 2017 interview about Weinstein’s allegations with Le New York Times, when he said he “knew enough to do more” and expressed regret for not taking “the blame” after several actresses spoke to him about the allegations. Tarantino confronted Weinstein and demanded an apology after learning of allegations of sexual abuse from his own ex-girlfriend, actress Mira Sorvino, and Kill Bill la star Uma Thurman.
News of Weinstein’s alleged behavior was first disclosed to the public in a New York Times published two weeks before Tarantino commented on the allegations to the newspaper. The high-profile allegations, including from several celebrities, helped spark the #MeToo movement, leading to further allegations of sexual abuse by powerful men in Hollywood. At least 100 different women have alleged abuse by Weinstein.
Tarantino has been closely associated with Weinstein for most of his career, starting with the director’s debut in 1992. Tank dogs, which was distributed by Weinstein’s former company Miramax. Although the allegations have only been public in recent years, women have alleged abuse of Weinstein dating back to at least the 1970s, long before he met Tarantino.
News week contacted Tarantino’s rep and Weinstein’s attorney for comment.