Tarantino said "I knew enough to do more than I did", and corroborated numerous stories in the New York Times and New Yorker's bombshell reports of Weinstein's behavior. "It wasn't secondhand. I knew he did a couple of these things", he said.
"Mr Weinstein obviously can't speak to anonymous allegations, but he unequivocally denies allegations of non-consensual sex", said his spokeswoman, Sallie Hofmeister.
"What I did was marginalize the incidents", he told the Times.
In an interview the director, who worked with Weinstein on some of his most successful films, including Pulp Fiction, said that he regretted not taking responsibility and assisting alleged victims of the producer, who is accused of sexually harassing and assaulting more than 50 women. "It was impossible they didn't".
There were rumours too, shadowy accounts that Tarantino continued to hear second- or third-hand and never pursued further. She later added that nothing "excuses men for assaulting or abusing women" and women should be able to wear whatever they want and act however they want. "I chalked it up to a 50s-60s era image of a boss chasing a secretary around the desk", he said. "As if that's OK. That's the egg on my face right now". Tarantino also made a call to action for change in the way Hollywood has behaved towards women.
Tarantino spends much of the article lambasting his former actions and calling for a systemic change within the entertainment industry, which he describes as a "Jim Crow-like system that us males have nearly tolerated". "We allowed it to exist because that's the way it was".
On the discussion of who knew what about Weinstein and when, he said: "I'm calling on the other guys who knew more to not be scared". At the party, which according Page Six was held on September 23 (just 12 days before the New York Times dropped their bombshell investigation) Weinstein gave a toast to Tarantino, saying, "When you make a movie like 'Inglourious Basterds, ' not only did you get an Oscar but you got Daniella". Acknowledge that there was something rotten in Denmark. "Vow to do better by our sisters", Tarantino said.
"What was previously accepted is now untenable to anyone of a certain consciousness".
His own relationship with Weinstein, who has been fired from his own company and ousted from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, spanned deals and shoots, publicity tours and film festivals.
Quentin Tarantino has admitted he was aware of close collaborator Harvey Weinstein's alleged mistreatment of women and didn't do enough to stop it. "I don't have an answer for why he could do this and be stripped of his entire legacy", he said. "I hope it doesn't".