A flood of women have come forward in recent weeks with allegations of sexual abuse against producer Harvey Weinstein. And while many of Hollywood’s most powerful men have claimed ignorance, in an interview with the New York Times, filmmaker Quentin Tarantino said he knew about Weinstein’s actions — at least knew enough to have done more than he did over the years.
He went on to note that he knew of concrete incidents — specifically with actresses Mira Sorvino and Rose McGowan — but convinced himself these were isolated events and continued working with Weinstein over the years.
Tarantino concluded his statement with a call to action to other men.
Again, while it’s maddening to know that many in the industry stood by and allowed abuse to take place, we’re heartened to see Tarantino taking accountability and recognizing his complicity in a culture of abuse and harassment. Hopefully, it will set an example for others and inspire men to reflect on how their own actions (or inactions) contribute to a hostile and unsafe environment for so many women.