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When asked to weigh in on the allegations against Harvey Weinstein during the Busan International Film Festival Friday morning, director Oliver Stone refused to condemn the producer.
“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.”
Stone continued to say that though he had never done business with Weinstein, he has heard “horror stories” about him from “everyone in the business” – but he doesn’t want to “comment on gossip.”
“I’ll wait and see, which is the right thing to do,” Stone said.
But Stone quickly changed his tune. Hours later, the director posted a statement on Facebook saying that he was “appalled” by the reports on Weinstein, and that he would be pulling out of his scripted “Guantanamo” series if the “Weinstein Company is involved.”
Here is Stone’s full statement:
“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. 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. I’ll therefore recuse myself from the ‘Guantanamo’ series as long as the Weinstein Company is involved.”