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Oliver Stone Refuses to Condemn Weinstein: ‘It’s Not Easy What He’s Going Through’

Oliver Stone chose not to condemn disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein.

At the Busan International Film Festival, the Hollywood director was asked to weigh in on the ongoing controversy. And while he didn’t give a full-throated defense of Weinstein, he wanted to wait before making a judgment.

“I’m a believer that you wait until this thing gets to trial,” he began. “I believe a man shouldn’t be condemned by a vigilante system. It’s not easy what he’s going through, either.”

He added, “During that period he was a rival. I never did business with him and I 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 isn’t the only one who hasn’t condemned Weinstein. Actress Lindsay Lohan defended the producer, saying he “never wronged” her and that the attacks “need to stop.” And fashion designer Donna Karan, a friend of Weinstein’s, took a lot of heat for suggesting that his victims may have been “asking for it.”

There was some immediate reaction on Twitter to Stone’s semi-defense of Weinstein: