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Quentin Tarantino Has Just Made a New Enemy Out of Anthony Bourdain

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Anthony Bourdain’s girlfriend, the actress and director Asia Argento, has been one of the 60-plus women to publicly accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault over the past month — she alleges that Weinstein raped her in his hotel room when she was 21. In the midst of dozens of women coming forward, Bourdain has been a vocal supporter of their respective stories and a critic of Weinstein’s. Now he’s setting his aim on someone he believes is complicit in Weinstein’s impunity: Quentin Tarantino. Attending the annual Produced by New York conference, Bourdain weaved in some insults against the director while explaining how the chef once rejected a tantalizing television offer because he thought a network executive was an “asshole” in every sense of the word. “It would have eaten us alive. It would have destroyed everything — everything that makes us good, everything that makes us happy, our quality of life,” he explained, according to Deadline. “It would have been a lethal compromise, a slow-acting poison that would have eaten away our souls until we ended up like Quentin Taratino living a life of complicity and shame and compromise.”

While Tarantino — who is one of the Weinstein Company’s most prominent directors — originally claimed to be “stunned and heartbroken” over the Weinstein scandal, he later admitted he had known about it all along. “I knew enough to do more than I did,” Tarantino said. “I wish I had taken responsibility for what I heard. If I had done the work I should have done then, I would have had to not work with him.” He’s also now urging his fellow men in Hollywood to speak up and not be, yup, complicit.

Quentin Tarantino Has Made an Enemy Out of Anthony Bourdain