Judd Apatow Criticizes Quentin Tarantino For Not Confronting Harvey Weinstein

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Judd Apatow criticized Quentin Tarantino on Friday after the filmmaker admitted in an interview that he knew for years about some of the sexual harassment allegations against his longtime friend and collaborator, Harvey Weinstein, but failed to speak out against the producer. Apatow took to Twitter to confront the director over his inaction on the matter.

Tarantino and Weinstein’s relationship began in the early ’90s when the mogul helped launch the filmmaker’s career by distributing his first feature film, Reservoir Dogs. The duo continued to work together for the next two decades, with Weinstein producing Pulp Fiction, the Kill Bill films, Grindhouse, Inglourious Basterds and The Hateful Eight. Tarantino was also expected to release his upcoming film about the Manson family murders through The Weinstein Company, but the status of that project is now unclear. And on a personal level, Weinstein threw the director an engagement party just last month.

In an interview with The New York Times published Thursday, Tarantino admits, “I knew enough to do more than I did,” in reference to Weinstein’s inappropriate behavior towards several actresses. “There was more to it than just the normal rumors, the normal gossip. It wasn’t secondhand. I knew he did a couple of these things.” The director also admitted that ex-girlfriend Mira Sorvino, who’s among Weinstein’s accusers, told him about the producer’s sexual misconduct when they dated in the ’90s. “I wish I had taken responsibility for what I heard,” he added. “If I had done the work I should have done then, I would have had to not work with him.”

On Friday, Apatow retweeted a link to the newspaper’s interview with the renowned filmmaker, and commented, “Knew enough since Clinton was President and MC Hammer was selling millions of records. That’s a lot of years to not confront a friend.” For his part, the comedy producer has been outspoken in his condemnation of Weinstein since the scandal broke. He took aim at the mogul during the Variety Power of Women luncheon last week, calling him a “creep” and demanding The Weinstein Company be shut down.

Tarantino, however, did acknowledge in his New York Times article that it’s time for himself and Weinstein’s other former collaborators to help actively prevent Hollywood’s culture of sexual abuse. “I’m calling on the other guys who knew more to not be scared,” he said. “Don’t just give out statements. Acknowledge that there was something rotten in Denmark. Vow to do better by our sisters.” The director further insisted Weinstein needs to finally “face the music.”

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