Miramax sues Quentin Tarantino over Kill Bill comments about Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein

Paramount Pictures may also be sued by former Miramax executive Brad Grey, Miramax shareholder David Bergstein, Robert Rodriguez and Harvey Weinstein in Rolling Stone The venerable Miramax is suing Quentin Tarantino for contributing to…

Miramax sues Quentin Tarantino over Kill Bill comments about Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein

Paramount Pictures may also be sued by former Miramax executive Brad Grey, Miramax shareholder David Bergstein, Robert Rodriguez and Harvey Weinstein in Rolling Stone

The venerable Miramax is suing Quentin Tarantino for contributing to a number of allegations of sexual misconduct made by the producer and director as part of their ongoing legal dispute over the rights to Kill Bill.

The Beverly Hills suit, which was filed in Los Angeles on Friday, alleges that Tarantino publicly named Miramax executives for allegedly facilitating the harassment of staff members, as well as helping produce Kill Bill so as to retain film rights to the character of The Bride.

“Claiming to have been unaware of the misconduct, [Tarantino] was coy when pressed on the topic in press interviews, and that ambiguity about the authenticity of the quotes may have been designed to conceal the true purpose of his comments,” alleges the Miramax suit.

The lawsuit also alleges that Tarantino did not seek out or consult company executives before releasing the third and final Kill Bill movie, even though his lawsuit aimed to regain ownership of film rights to the character of The Bride.

“Contrary to the content of Tarantino’s statements,” alleges the Miramax suit, “a physical meeting with [Tarantino] was not discussed or held during the production of the first [Kill Bill] movie.”

The suit then goes on to assert that in 2017, just five years after Tarantino’s 1998 purchase of Miramax, the director publicly accused Miramax staffers for the alleged transgressions, “including inappropriate behavior toward young women”, and called executives at the company “broads for women”.

The suit goes on to claim that Weinstein and Tarantino have continued their internal dispute. This dispute, according to the suit, “has unleashed a set of hostile, malicious and inappropriate actions and comments”, including sharing a catalogue of women’s accusations against Weinstein.

“Harvey Weinstein and Tarantino are the same character,” the Miramax suit says. “Each harassed subordinates and subordinates sought to vindicate themselves against his inappropriate conduct by reporting his wrongful conduct. Weinstein has subsequently gone on the offensive, attempting to perpetuate a stigma against Weinstein and Weinstein’s victims; actively trying to encourage a harmful narrative; and attempting to punish others associated with the allegations against Weinstein and her alleged negligence.”

The suit also names Brad Grey, the former Miramax CEO and executive chairman; David Bergstein, Miramax shareholder and former company COO; Robert Rodriguez, the producer and director, and his attorney David Boies, who then works for Weinstein, on behalf of them; Miramax shareholder David Bergstein; and former company executive Rob Reiner as defendants.

Miramax maintains it has engaged in a “profound effort to work constructively with Weinstein as much as possible to address his misconduct”, but has been unable to collaborate with him in his attempts to stop Weinstein from distributing and screening Kill Bill without Miramax’s consent.

The filmmakers will begin a trial starting on 9 May in New York for their lawsuit over additional film rights to The Bride character.

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