QUENTIN Tarantino has admitted he was aware of "father figure" Harvey Weinstein's alleged mistreatment of women and didn't do enough to stop it.
"I knew enough to do more than I did," the director told the New York Times. "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."
The Hateful Eight filmmaker, 54, admitted that both ex-girlfriend Mira Sorvino and another unnamed actress told him disturbing stories about encounters with the disgraced movie mogul, the New York Post reports.
He was also aware that Rose McGowan, who last week tweeted that Weinstein had raped her, had allegedly reached a legal settlement with the exec.
Despite this knowledge, Tarantino told the paper he did not realise these alleged incidents were part of a larger pattern of abuse.
"What I did was marginalise the incidents," he said. "Anything I say now will sound like a crappy excuse."
Specifically in regards to Weinstein's alleged harassment of Sorvino, Tarantino said he felt that the producer, 65, was "infatuated" with the actress in a "Svengali kind of way."
"I was shocked and appalled," he told the paper. "I couldn't believe he would do that so openly. I was like: 'Really? Really?' But the thing I thought then, at the time, was that he was particularly hung up on Mira."
Tarantino said that when he and Sorvino started dating he assumed the issue had been resolved.
"I'm with her, he knows that, he won't mess with her, he knows that she's my girlfriend," he said.
The director expressed certainty that other people close to Weinstein were well aware of his behaviour, despite protestations otherwise in the wake of the accusations.
"Everyone who was close to Harvey had heard of at least one of those incidents," he said. "It was impossible they didn't."
Tarantino did not defend his failure to act and also told the paper he should have stopped working with the producer, who many in Hollywood viewed him as having a father-son closeness with.
"I wish I had taken responsibility for what I heard," he said. "If I had done the work I should have done then, I would have had to not work with him."
Instead, Tarantino continued to work with Weinstein, who has produced all of his major films, including Pulp Fiction, Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained.
"I don't know," he said, when asked if he thought fans would now view those films differently. "I hope it doesn't."
Despite their closeness, Tarantino said, "I don't have an answer for why he could do this and be stripped of his entire legacy."
The relationship between Tarantino and Weinstein wasn't just restricted to work, either. Just last month, the New York Post exclusively reported that Weinstein had thrown Tarantino and fiancee Daniella Pick a star-studded engagement party in New York.
AUSSIE'S #HOWIWILLCHANGE CAMPAIGN
Meanwhile, Australian journalist Benjamin Law has started a male response to the successful #MeToo campaign started by former Charmed star Alyssa Milano to raise awareness of the sexual harassment that women face.
Law told men "it's our turn", before launching the hashtag #HowIWillChange and inviting them to share their own stories about how they plan to respond to the viral movement.
"After yesterday's endless #MeToo stories of women being abused, assaulted and harassed, today we say #HowIWillChange," he tweeted.
Milano and actor Mark Ruffalo were among those on social media to respond to the campaign.
This article originally appeared in the New York Post