Kevin Smith is set to donate his residuals from Weinstein-produced movies to a women's charity. This comes in response to the torrent of horrifying sexual assault and harassment allegations that have been made against Weinstein in the last week or so. As the days go on, Weinstein's accuser count continues to increase, painting a picture of a man that never thought twice about using his power and influence in Hollywood to get what he wanted.
While many in the entertainment industry have worked on multiple projects with Weinstein, perhaps no other filmmaker is more closely associated with the now disgraced producer than Kevin Smith. Smith has so far directed 13 feature films, and seven of those were produced by the Weinsteins. Most of the films in question were distributed by the then Weinstein-operated Miramax Films, including Clerks, Smith's directing debut.
Since the allegations against Weinstein surfaced, Smith has expressed regret about how closely his directing career is tied to Weinstein. During the latest episode of his Hollywood Babble-On podcast though, Smith announced that he will be backing up his previous statements in a concrete way. Smith has decided to donate all his future residuals from Weinstein-related movies to the nonprofit group Women in Film, which assists women coming up in the industry with realizing their goals.
While that's a commendable thing to do, one wonders whether the seemingly impending demise of The Weinstein Company might have a negative effect on the amount of residuals that Smith earns from his Weinstein-produced films. That's a concern Smith shares as well, which is why the outspoken director has pledged to give an additional $2,000 per month to Women in Film for the rest of his life. While Smith is a wealthy man, that's certainly no small financial commitment to make.
During the above podcast taping, an audience member shouted at Smith that the Weinstein scandal wasn't his fault. Smith acknowledged this, but feels that donating some of the money that Harvey Weinstein helped him make to a charity helping women realize their filmmaking dreams is the right thing to do. After all, it's still not entirely clear just how many female Hollywood hopefuls had their lives ruined or dreams crushed by Weinstein's abhorrent behavior. Thankfully, it looks like the days of Weinstein getting away with such acts are over.
Source: Hollywood Babble-On