‘WE­IN­STEIN CON­DEMNED BY VIG­I­LANTES’

Os­car win­ner Oliver Stone says movie mogul has been judged pre­ma­turely

New Straits Times - - World -

BUSAN launched in­ves­ti­ga­tions, fol­low­ing the pub­li­ca­tion of an avalanche of claims that go back decades.

But yes­ter­day, Stone said he be­lieved the in­dus­try and the pub­lic were pre­ma­turely judg­ing We­in­stein.

“I’m a be­liever in ‘you wait till this thing gets to a trial’,” he said in this South Korean city, where he is head­ing a jury at an in­ter­na­tional film fes­ti­val.

“If he broke the law, it will come out. I be­lieve that a man shouldn’t be con­demned by a vig­i­lante sys­tem.”

Stone’s re­marks came a day af­ter Amer­i­can ac­tress Rose McGowan be­came the fourth woman to ac­cuse We­in­stein of rap­ing her on Thurs­day.

On Wed­nes­day, We­in­stein was seen in pub­lic for the first time in days when pa­parazzi de­scended upon him as he left his daugh­ter ’s home in Los An­ge­les.

“Guys, I’m not do­ing okay, but I’m try­ing,” he said in a video ob­tained by ABC.

“I got to get help. You know what, we all make mis­takes.”

As he climbed into an over­sized sports util­ity ve­hi­cle, he said he hoped peo­ple would give him “a sec­ond chance”.

A spokesman for the New York Po­lice Depart­ment con­firmed it was in­ves­ti­gat­ing a 2004 case.

The New York Daily News re­ported that the case in­volved as­pir­ing ac­tress Lu­cia Evans, who ear­lier told the New Yorker mag­a­zine that We­in­stein had forced her to per­form oral sex on him.

And Scot­land Yard said the Metropoli­tan Po­lice were in­ves­ti­gat­ing “an al­le­ga­tion of sex­ual as­sault by Mersey­side po­lice”.

The Daily Tele­graph said the case in­volved an ac­tress un­der­stood to be liv­ing in Liver­pool.

McGowan also be­rated Ama­zon chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Jeff Be­zos on Thurs­day, claim­ing she told Ama­zon Stu­dios chief Roy Price that We­in­stein had raped her, but was ig­nored.

“Over and over I said it. He said it hadn’t been proven. I said I was the proof,” she wrote.

Ama­zon Stu­dios later said Price — who had also been ac­cused of sex­ual ha­rass­ment by tele­vi­sion pro­ducer Isa Hack­ett — was “on leave of ab­sence ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately”. AFP

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(Clock­wise from top left) Lea Sey­doux, Emma de Caunes, Gwyneth Pal­trow, Asia Ar­gento, Ash­ley Judd, Rose McGowan, An­gelina Jolie, Ju­dith Go­dreche, Rosanna Ar­quette and Cara Delev­ingne are among

the ac­tresses who ac­cuse film pro­ducer Har­vey We­in­stein of sex­ual as­sault.

Oliver Stone

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