Director Oliver Stone has issued a “clarification” regarding remarks he made Thursday about Harvey Weinstein, and has cut his ties to the “Guantanamo” series due to the involvement of The Weinstein Company.
Stone said in a statement issued Friday: “I’ve been travelling 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.”
He added: “I’ll therefore recuse myself from the ‘Guantanamo’ series as long as The Weinstein Company is involved.”
At the Busan Intl. Film Festival, where he heads the jury, Stone commented Thursday on the myriad allegations of sexual assault against Weinstein. “I’m a believer that you wait until this thing gets to trial,” he 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.”
It was announced in May that The Weinstein Company had acquired the “Guantanamo” series, created by Daniel Voll, with Stone attached as director of the whole of the first season. The project would have marked Stone’s first time as a director in scripted television.