Director Steven Soderbergh fears men will stop hiring women because of #MeToo and claims he knew nothing about Harvey Weinstein's behavior
- Magic Mike director released two movies with Weinstein's company Miramax
- He said he didn't know about sexual harassment and was 'pretty stunned'
- He worries that men across every business will stop hiring women as a result of the #MeToo campaign rather than change their behavior
Acclaimed director Steven Soderbergh fears men will stop hiring women as a result of the #MeToo campaign and claims he didn't know anything about Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual abuse.
Though two of his movies were released by Weinstein's company Miramax in the 80s, Soderbergh said he 'didn't have any sense of [the abuse]' and was pretty stunned when the damning allegations were brought to light.
'Obviously I knew Harvey and knew of his professional personality, which was volatile' he said.
'I didn’t really have any sense of the other stuff. But to be honest, I’ve never participated in the sort of social part of the business.
Pictured in 2002: Steven Soderbergh says he didn't have any idea about Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual abuse despite working with him on a number of movies
Backlash: Soderbergh fears that men across all industries will stop hiring women because of the #MeToo campaign as opposed to changing their behavior
'I'm not going out a lot, I’m not talking to people, I’m not trafficking in the kinds of conversations in which this subject would come up.
'So when these things started dropping, I was, like a lot of people I’m sure, pretty stunned at the breadth and the depth of what was being described.'
When asked by the Daily Beast what he thought of the sexual-misconduct stories that have come out of the Weinstein scandal, he said: 'Well, the good news is, I think that s**t is over.
'That behavior is done. And it’s one of those things you see in society occasionally, where there’s something that needs to change and everybody knows it and yet it never changes until very suddenly it does.
'This is one of those. It’s a completely new landscape now. That’s the good news.'
He addressed the flip side of this when asked about the sexual misconduct allegations against Casey Affleck, who appeared in his movies Ocean's 11, 12 and 13.
Sexual misconduct: Though Soderbergh cast Casey Affleck in all three of his Ocean's movies, he said directors should make themselves aware of the past of actors they want to hire
When asked whether or not he, and other directors, would make themselves more aware of the past of actors they were thinking of using, he said: 'My fear is that, men being men, going forward, as opposed to changing their behavior, they’re just going to stop hiring women.
'In everything. In every business, in every part of the culture.
'Like I said, knowing men as I do, I think for a lot of them, that’s going to be their initial reaction, as opposed to a reassessment of how they’ve behaved.
'It’ll just be: let’s not hire women, because, you know, they talk.'
Meanwhile, when asked about Soderbergh's comments on Capitol Hill, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) bluntly said the the director is wrong.
'Women are where the talent is, the energy is,' she told TMZ. 'Women have been getting it done for a long time and that's not going to stop.'
'Look, I don't know what he's afraid of but I know that we need the talent of women out on the front lines everywhere and that's what we're going to do,' Warren added.
When asked Tuesday about Soderbergh's comments, Senator Elizabeth Warren, pictured in October, bluntly said the the director is wrong adding: 'Women are where the talent is, the energy is... Women have been getting it done for a long time and that's not going to stop'
The senator for Massachusetts told TMZ: 'I don't know what he's afraid of but I know that we need the talent of women out on the front lines everywhere and that's what we're going to do'
Soderbergh, who has been married to screenwriter Jules Asner since 2003, retired from film making in 2013 after announcing that 'movies don't matter anymore' while complaining about how directors were treated.
He moved to television instead, directing Cinemax's The Knick and HBO's Behind the Candelabra.
Speaking about the upcoming reboot of the Ocean's trilogy, Ocean's 8, which has an all-female ensemble, the Magic Mike director said, 'I think it’s the very-good version of a reboot.
'Seeing this particular group of women share a frame is exciting. It’s cool.
'The movie is smart and fun, and I think people are going to be really satisfied with it. I’m happy with it.'
Soderbergh does not direct Ocean's 8 but said there may be a future crossover depending on the success of the reboot.
Reboot: Though Soderbergh did not direct Ocean's 8, he said the upcoming movie is smart, fun and cool
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