Director Oliver Stone has said he thinks ‘it’s not easy’ for Harvey Weinstein with what he’s going through.
A question was posed to the director regarding his reaction to the flood of allegations leveled at Weinstein, and his response was that the producer has become a victim of a ‘vigilante system’.
Speaking at the Busan International Film Festival in South Korea, he said: ‘I’m a believer that you wait until this thing gets to trial.
‘I believe a man shouldn’t be condemned by a vigilante system. It’s not easy what he’s going through, either. During that period he was a rival. I never did business with him and didn’t really know him.’
He added that he would wait until he knew more about the situation before commenting further: ‘I’ve heard horror stories on everyone in the business, so I’m not going to comment on gossip. I’ll wait and see, which is the right thing to do.’
However, Stone later took to Facebook to explain his remarks, writing that due to travelling he hadn’t been fully aware of the case stacking up against Weinstein.
He wrote: ‘After looking at what has been reported in many publications over the last couple of days, I’m appalled and commend the courage of the women who’ve stepped forward to report sexual abuse or rape.’
He also said he would now be distancing himself from his show Guantanamo as The Weinstein Co. is behind the production.
‘I’ll therefore recuse myself from the Guantanamo series as long as the Weinstein Company is involved,’ he said.
His comments come as Myleene Klass became the latest celebrity to confess to having been harassed by Harvey Weinstein.
It has transpired she privately made allegations against him as far back as 2010 after he ellegedly offered her a ‘sex contract’ to help further her career.
Weinstein reportedly propositioned Myleene when the pair met for lunch – an offer which she immediately declined by telling him to ‘fuck off’.
A source close to Myleene told The Sun: ‘She thought his intentions were genuine. But as soon as she found out what he really wanted, she told him to fuck off.’