Harvey Weinstein: Film mogul in new LA sex assault probe

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Quentin Tarantino says he knew about instances of sexual assault by Harvey Weinstein for decades but failed to act in order to protect women, adding: "I knew enough to do more than I did".

Since the reports broke earlier in October, a growing chorus of actresses have come forward to unveil their stories of encounters with Weinstein, each detailing alleged sexual assault, abuse and/or harassment.

"There was more to it than just the normal rumors, the normal gossip", he told The Times. "Really?' But the thing I thought then, at the time, was that he was particularly hung up on Mira".

But others were reportedly from women who came to him directly and he wished he'd "taken responsibility for what" he'd heard back then.

She alleged that he became aggressive and then "grabbed me by the hair and forced me to do something I did not want to do".

Tarantino confirms to the newspaper that he knew about Weinstein's behavior long before the published reports in The New York Times and The New Yorker brought the initial accusations against Weinstein to light.

The director admitted he was also aware Weinstein had reached a settlement with Rose McGowan, who has accused Weinstein of rape, and once confronted Weinstein after hearing other accounts of sexual harassment from actresses. "What I did was marginalize the incidents", he said, writing off what he heard as mild misbehavior.

Tarantino admits that he can offer nothing but a "crappy" excuse at this point. "That's the egg on my face right now".

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The two men have been linked since the beginning of Tarantino's career.

Tarantino worked with Weinstein for years, as the producer distributed many of his biggest films, including Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill and Inglorious Basterds.

When asked how the allegations surrounding Weinstein would affect how the public views the producer's films, Tarantino replied, "I don't know". Don't just give out statements. Nyong'o says Weinstein invited her there to screen a film while she was a student at the Yale School of Drama. Acknowledge that there was something rotten in Denmark.

Weinstein's representative Sallie Hofmeister says the Oscar-winner can not address anonymous claims but "unequivocally denies allegations of non-consensual sex".

Tarantino described Hollywood as "operating under an nearly Jim Crow-like system that us males have nearly tolerated".

He described Hollywood's treatment of women as like a "Jim Crow-like system that us males have nearly tolerated", and called on other men to "vow to do better by our sisters".

Hanks, who is on the board of the organisation behind the Oscars, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, said he could not comment on the recent decision to expel Mr Weinstein as a member.

"What was previously accepted is now untenable to anyone of a certain consciousness".

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