After the blowback from his remarks, Stone claimed he “wasn’t aware” of the scale of the Weinstein scandal.
Hollywood Director Oliver Stone defended Harvey Weinstein, who is facing decades of sexual harassment and assault allegations, during remarks at a film festival in South Korea Friday.
“It’s not easy what he’s going through,” Stone said, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“I’m a believer that you wait until this thing gets to trial,” Stone said. “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. 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.”
Stone’s remarks were baffling, especially considering he is facing sexual assault accusations himself. Actress and former Playboy model Carrie Stevens said Stone grabbed her breast at a party more than 20 years ago.
The 48-year-old model told the Daily News that she was at a party at producer Ted Field’s home in honor of Stone more than 20 years ago when Stone walked up to her standing by the front door.
“He was really cocky, had this big grin on his face like he was going to get away with something,” Stevens, who was 22 at the time, told The News.
Stone received widespread criticism for his “wait and see” defense of Weinstein and later clarified that he hadn’t understood all that Weinstein was accused of:
However, Stone issued a statement on his Facebook page hours later clarifying his comments: “I’ve been traveling for the last couple of days and wasn’t aware of all the women who came out to support the original story in the New York Times,” he said.
“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.”
The accusations leveled against Weinstein and Stone seem to confirm the pervasive sexual harassment taking place in Hollywood.
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