Earlier tonight, Oliver Stone—who’s currently in South Korea for the Busan International Film Festival—decided to weigh in on the numerous allegations currently circling ousted Weinstein Co. mogul Harvey Weinstein, putting forward an attitude that could be safely described as “Hey, let’s cut the guy a break.” “It’s not easy what he’s going through, either,” Stone told reporters, adding that he intended to “wait for the trial,” and dismissed the words of the dozens of women who’ve talked about their negative interactions with Weinstein as “gossip.”
This attitude understandably pissed some people off, especially since Stone’s proposed “wait and see” approach has proven to be pretty disastrous for women in Harvey Weinstein’s orbit over the last 20 years. Most notably, Billions showrunner Brian Koppelman, whose Showtime series owes several debts to Stone’s work, was inspired by Stone’s comments to speak up about an interaction he and the director once had, dubbing it the “single creepiest meeting I was ever in,” and labeling Stone a “Loathsome. Sexist. Pig.”
Koppelman’s story—which he’s apparently told people before—opened up a dialogue about Stone’s past behavior, including a comment from Natural Born Killers writer David Veloz, who dubbed Stone “charming,” but also “sexist and cruel.” There was also a tweet from former Playboy Playmate Carrie Stevens, who says Stone once grabbed her breast at a party.
Stevens spoke to the New York Daily News earlier tonight, saying, “He was really cocky, had this big grin on his face like he was going to get away with something,” before grabbing and squeezing her body. “That’s what’s going on in Hollywood,” she told The News. “That’s why things have to change. He’s Oliver Stone. Nobody’s going to say anything.”
Looking back through our own archives, meanwhile, we found another instance of Stone’s fuzzy…