Oliver Stone backtracks on his defense of Harvey Weinstein, but now faces sexual harassment allegation of his own

Oliver Stone backtracks on his defense of Harvey Weinstein, but now faces sexual harassment allegation of his own

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Oliver Stone and Harvey Weinstein. (Photos: Han Myung-Gu, Tim Boxer/Getty Images)

Oliver Stone</a> came to Harvey Weinstein’s defense, but now he’s backing off — and he’s also facing sexual harassment allegations of his own.” data-reactid=”31″>Oliver Stone came to Harvey Weinstein’s defense, but now he’s backing off — and he’s also facing sexual harassment allegations of his own.

all the women who came out to support the original story in the New York Times,” the Oscar-winning director wrote on Facebook on Friday. “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. I’ll therefore recuse myself from the Guantanamo series as long as the Weinstein Company is involved.”
” data-reactid=”32″>“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,” the Oscar-winning director wrote on Facebook on Friday. “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. I’ll therefore recuse myself from the Guantanamo series as long as the Weinstein Company is involved.”

he was just ousted</a>, had acquired Stone’s&nbsp;Guantanamo series, focusing on detainees at the infamous Cuba-based prison.” data-reactid=”35″>So why is he backtracking? Earlier, at South Korea’s Busan International Film Festival, for which he’s chair of the jury, he was asked about the sexual harassment and assault allegations against Weinstein, whose Weinstein Company, from which he was just ousted, had acquired Stone’s Guantanamo series, focusing on detainees at the infamous Cuba-based prison.

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Actress Carrie Stevens. (Photo: Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)

said</a>&nbsp;of Weinstein, who through a rep denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex. “I believe a man shouldn’t be condemned by a vigilante system. It’s not easy what he’s going through either. During that period he was a rival. I never did business with him and 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.”” data-reactid=”56″>“I’m a believer that you wait until this thing gets to trial,” Stone said of Weinstein, who through a rep denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex. “I believe a man shouldn’t be condemned by a vigilante system. It’s not easy what he’s going through either. During that period he was a rival. I never did business with him and 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.”

stories about Stone supporting Weinstein start to circulate</a> than the director himself faced allegations of sexual misconduct. Carrie Stevens, an actress (Days of Our Lives&nbsp;and&nbsp;Beverly Hills, 90210) and former Playboy model, took to Twitter to claim that Stone grabbed her breast — and grinned — during a party at media mogul Ted Field’s house in the early 1990s.” data-reactid=”62″>No sooner did stories about Stone supporting Weinstein start to circulate than the director himself faced allegations of sexual misconduct. Carrie Stevens, an actress (Days of Our Lives and Beverly Hills, 90210) and former Playboy model, took to Twitter to claim that Stone grabbed her breast — and grinned — during a party at media mogul Ted Field’s house in the early 1990s.

revealed more details about the alleged incident</a>, saying, “It was at Ted Field’s home years ago, around the time Oliver did JFK. The party was in his honor. Oliver was on his way out; Ted was seeing him to the door. Oliver spied me standing nearby and just reached out and instead of doing what a normal person does and shaking my hand, he just groped my boob and honked it like a horn and grinned and kept walking.”” data-reactid=”65″>Stevens spoke with the Hollywood Reporter and revealed more details about the alleged incident, saying, “It was at Ted Field’s home years ago, around the time Oliver did JFK. The party was in his honor. Oliver was on his way out; Ted was seeing him to the door. Oliver spied me standing nearby and just reached out and instead of doing what a normal person does and shaking my hand, he just groped my boob and honked it like a horn and grinned and kept walking.”

Stevens described herself as “humiliated” but said she “didn’t want to complain.”

She said she’s relieved she was “never alone with” Stone, saying, “If he’s grab[bing] me like that in front of people, imagine what he would do in private, given the chance.”

Stone has yet to respond to Stevens’s allegations on his social media, and his rep has not yet responded to Yahoo Entertainment’s request for comment.