Kevin Smith has promised to donate any future residuals from his Weinstein-backed films to the nonprofit Women in Film.
The director of popular indie films including “Clerks,” “Dogma” and “Chasing Amy” – three films in which he also portrayed Silent Bob of the stoner pair Jay and Silent Bob – described his feelings on an expletive-laced, emotional episode of his “Hollywood Babble-On” podcast, according to ABC News and Rolling Stone, among others.
“My entire career is tied up with this man,” Smith said, referring to former film studio executive Harvey Weinstein. “... And no (expletive) movie is worth all this. Like, my entire career ... It’s wrapped up in something really (expletive) horrible.
“I was singing praises of somebody that I didn’t (expletive) know.”
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Weinstein has been accused of sexually assaulting or harassing dozens of women in the film business over the years.
He co-founded Miramax with his brother, Bob Weinstein, in the late 1970s. In 2005, they formed their own production firm, The Weinstein Company.
Harvey Weinstein was fired from the studio Oct. 8 amid the numerous allegations. He also resigned Tuesday from the company’s board.
Smith’s relationship with Weinstein began in 1994, and Miramax produced many of Smith’s films, ABC and Rolling Stone report, including “Clerks,” “Clerks II,” “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back,” and “Jersey Girl.”
On Oct. 9, Smith wrote, “I know while I was profiting, others were in terrible pain.” Here’s the full Twitter post:
Women in Film “advocates for and advances the careers for women working in the screen industries.”
Even if The Weinstein Company falls apart, Smith says he plans to donate $2,000 a month to Women in Film for the rest of his life, according to ABC.