Kevin Smith has pledged to donate all future residuals earned from his films produced under Harvey Weinstein - either under Miramax or The Weinstein Company - to Women in Film, a non-profit organisation dedicated to seeking gender parity in the industry.
"My entire career is tied up with the man," Smith stated on his podcast Hollywood Babble-On. "It’s been a weird f*cking week. I just wanted to make some f*cking movies, that’s it. That’s why I came, that’s why I made Clerks. And no f*cking movie is worth all this. Like, my entire career, f*ck it, take it. It’s wrapped up in something really f*cking horrible."
When an audience member blurted out that it wasn't his fault, Smith responded: "I'm not looking for sympathy. I know it’s not my fault, but I didn’t f*cking help. Because I sat out there talking about this man like he was a hero, like he was my friend, like he was my father and shit like that, and he changed my f*cking life."
"And I showed other people, like, ‘You can dream, and you can make stuff, and this man will put it out.’ I was singing praises of somebody that I didn’t f*cking know," he continued.
"I didn’t know the man that they keep talking about in the press. Clearly he exists, but that man never showed himself to me. It all hurts, and it didn’t happen to me, but it all hurts."
"I had a dream and I made it, and I presented it to somebody, and they didn’t make me do something f*cking horrible," Smith added. "So I feel like there are so many people that we know of now, and maybe even more, that were made to do horrible things to make their dreams come true and maybe didn’t even get to touch the dreams; this f*cking dude chased them away."
Weinstein produced many of Smith's early projects, including Clerks, Clerks II, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Jersey Girl, and Zack and Miri Make a Porno.
The Hollywood mogul has since been fired from The Weinstein Co. following the explosive report by The New York Times, which alleged "decades" of sexual harassment. Since then, many women have come forward with further claims ranging from sexual harassment to rape, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Rose McGowan, Cara Delevingne, and Asia Argento.
With the possibility that The Weinstein Co. may go under and fail to yield any further residuals, Smith has stated he will give $2,000 per month to Women in Film for the rest of his life. "That feels like a start," he concluded. "Hopefully that goes to people that get to make sh*t without having to deal with some f*cking animal saying, 'Here's the price.'"
You can donate to Women in Film here.
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