It looks like actor/director Kevin Smith is making the best out of a bad situation. In light of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, in which dozens of women have come forward accusing Harvey of sexual assault and misconduct, Kevin announced on his podcast Hollywood Babble-On, that he will no longer be accepting the residuals from his projects associated with Harvey. Instead, he will donate the funds to Women in Film, an organization dedicated to advancing women in all areas of film and TV.
“My entire career is tied up with the man,” he said, having worked with him on such films as Clerks II, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Jersey Girl, and Zack and Miri Make a Porno. “It’s been a weird f–king week. I just wanted to make some f–king movies, that’s it. That’s why I came, that’s why I made Clerks. And no f–king movie is worth all this. Like, my entire career, f–k it, take it. It’s wrapped up in something really f–king horrible.”
He went on to explain his guilt for being involved with someone like Harvey. “I’m not looking for sympathy,” he said. “I know it’s not my fault, but I didn’t f–king 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 s–t like that, and he changed my f–king 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–king know.”
Kevin said that, while he believes the women’s allegations against his former colleague, he never saw that side of Harvey. “I didn’t know the man that they keep talking about in the press,” he explained. “Clearly he exists, but that man never showed himself to me.”
Since early October, many accusers have come forward, and it was recently reported that Harvey was suicidal following a dispute with his daughter. According to TMZ, police were called on Wednesday, Oct. 11. Harvey allegedly got in to an argument with his 22-year-old daughter Lily and he yelled: “You’re making it worse.” LAPD sources said that they responded to a call for someone who was depressed and suicidal, but Harvey’s daughter said it was merely a disagreement.