Oliver Stone on Harvey Weinstein: ‘A man shouldn’t be condemned by a vigilante system’
Director Oliver Stone told international media at the Busan International Film Festival that "it's not easy" for the former Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.
Stone, who is the chair of the event's competition jury in South Korea, responded to a question about the sexual assault allegations: "I'm a believer that you wait until this thing gets to trial," the controversial US film director said.
"I believe a man shouldn't be condemned by a vigilante system. It's not easy what he's going through either. He was a rival and I never did business with him. I've heard horror stories on everyone in the business. So, I'm not going to comment on that. I'll wait and see, which is the right thing to do."
Stone had early success in Hollywood, writing Midnight Express and Scarface. Stone also directed Platoon, Natural Born Killers ,The Doors, Any Given Sunday, Born on the Forth of July, Alexander, World Trade Centre, the sequel Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and Savages. Stone has also made documentaries.
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Stone has become an outspoken voice in Hollywood, specifically when it comes to American culture, politics, and military, Deadline Hollywood reported. His most recent film Snowden followed the controversy surrounding American whistleblower Edward Snowden and his 2008 film W was a satirical view on former US President George W Bush.
On Thursday, police in New York and London confirmed they were investigating Weinstein for sexual assault.
The police investigations follow an expose in The New Yorker in which three women accused Weinstein of rape. Days before The New Yorker piece, The New York Times rocked Hollywood with its own investigation into Weinstein in which the Miramax co-founder was accused of sexual harassment by multiple women.
Since then, many more women in the film industry have come forward with allegations of sexual harrassment by Weinstein, including Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Léa Seydoux, Cara Delevingne and others.
Weinstein has denied the allegations of criminal misconduct. In a statement published in The New Yorker, a spokesperson said that "any allegations of nonconsensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr Weinstein."