Oliver Stone has asked people not to condemn disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein until he’s given a fair trial.
Earlier this month sexual harassment and rape allegations surfaced about Weinstein, with more and more actresses coming forward to claim they had been subject to inappropriate advances from the co-founder of The Weinstein Company.
Kate Beckinsale is the latest star to allege she endured unwanted advances as a 17-year-old school girl, but triple Oscar winner Stone doesn’t think people should be so quick to judge Weinstein, despite the mounting evidence against him.
“I’m a believer that you wait until this thing gets to trial,” Stone is quoted as saying at the Busan International Film Festival, in South Korea. “I believe a man shouldn’t be condemned by a vigilante system. It’s not easy what he’s going through, either. He was a rival and I never did business with him. I’ve heard horror stories on everyone in the business. So I’m not going to comment on that. I’ll wait and see, which is the right thing to do.”
His comments come after ex-Playboy Playmate Carrie Stevens levelled her own groping accusations at Platoon director Stone.
Talking to The New York Daily News, 48-year-old Stevens recalled being at a party honoring Stone more than 20 years ago when the incident happened.
“He was really cocky, had this big grin on his face like he was going to get away with something,” she remembered. “(He) reached out and…honked it like a horn,” she said, adding he was like “an immature guy in elementary school who snaps your bra.”
Others apparently saw the grope, but kept quiet as, “that’s what’s going on in Hollywood. That’s why things have to change”.
Meanwhile Quentin Tarantino has also spoken out, taking a vastly different stance to Stone.
Tarantino, who worked with Weinstein on his mega successful movie Pulp Fiction, slammed the producer’s improper behavior.
Sharing a message on Twitter through actress Amber Tamblyn, he said: “For the last week, I’ve been stunned and heartbroken about the revelations that have come to light about my friend for 25 years Harvey Weinstein. I need a few more days to process my pain, emotions, anger and memory and then I will speak publicly about it.”
Weinstein was fired from The Weinstein Company on Sunday and is reportedly seeking help at the Meadows treatment center in Arizona. His fashion designer wife, Marchesa co-founder Georgina Chapman, has also left him.
Police in New York and London are currently looking into Weinstein allegations.