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Director Oliver Stone refused to sentence Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein on Friday, regardless of the mounting allegations of sexual misconduct towards him, saying that “it's not simple what he's going by means of.”
Stone added that he believed Weinstein mustn’t “be condemned by a vigilante system.”
The Wall Avenue and Pure Born Killers director was talking throughout a information convention at South Korea's Busan Worldwide Movie Competition, the place he’s chair of the choose's panel.
“I'm a believer that you just wait till this factor will get to trial. I imagine a person shouldn't be condemned by a vigilante system. It's not simple what he's going by means of, both,” Stone mentioned, in line with The Hollywood Reporter.
“Throughout that interval he was a rival. I by no means did enterprise with him and didn't actually know him. I've heard horror tales on everybody within the enterprise, so I'm not going to touch upon gossip. I'll wait and see, which is the proper factor to do.”
Stone's lack of condemnation of Weinstein's alleged conduct stands at odds with the numerous outstanding Hollywood figures — together with Meryl Streep, Charlize Theron, Ryan Gosling, Oprah Winfrey, and Penelope Cruz — who’ve spoken out since The New York Occasions' report which sparked the mounting scandal final week.
Miramax co-founder Weinstein is accused of pressuring a number of younger ladies into sexual favors, promising to advance their careers in return. Talking by means of his spokesperson, Weinstein denied allegations of nonconsensual intercourse, including “there have been by no means any acts of retaliation” towards any ladies who refused his advances.
On Thursday, police in each New York and London mentioned they had been launching investigations into alleged sexual assaults by Weinstein.