Kevin Smith to donate residuals from 'Clerks,' other Weinstein-backed films

Joann Johnston
October 19, 2017

Hollywood has had to grapple with its systematic sexual harassment problem in the wake of the dozens of allegations against Harvey Weinstein this month.

And on October 13th, the filmmaker made a decision to take action to show his solidarity for those who have suffered abuse - at the hands of Weinstein or otherwise.

Smith made the announcement on his Hollywood Babble-On podcast, owning up to the fact that he largely owes his career to Weinstein, whose Miramax Films company funded Smith's breakout comedy Clerks back in 1994. "It's been a weird fucking week". That's why I came, that's why I made Clerks. But my shit is tied up with this man... And no f***ing movie is worth all of this. "Like, my entire career, fuck it, take it", he continued. "It's wrapped up in something really f-king terrible". It's wrapped up in something really f*cking frightful", said the filmmaker, "I know it's not my fault, but I didn't f*cking help.

Miramax, which Weinstein left in 2005, and The Weinstein Co., from which he was sacked as a result of the current scandal, produced many of Smith's early films, including Clerks, Clerks II, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Jersey Girl, and Zack and Miri Make a Porno.

While announcing why he picked the Los Angeles-based Women in Film, Smith said, "It's historically much harder, of course, for a woman to get a film made than a man".

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Yet after a series of reports detailed Weinstein's decades of sexual misconduct in recent weeks, Smith tweeted that he was "ashamed" to be profiting from his relationship with the producer while "others were in awful pain". "It makes me feel ashamed", Smith wrote on Twitter. I just wanted to make some f***ng movies, that's it, you know what I'm saying?

While Kevin explained that nothing inappropriate happened between him and Harvey, the actor added that "I didn't know the man that they keep talking about in the press".

Smith said he hopes the money he's donating will help women succeed without having to weather such predatory forces in Hollywood.

"I don't have money from 20 years ago, do you?" he said. The director also said that should he no longer receive residuals if The Weinstein Company closes its doors then he'll donate $2,000 a month to the organization for the rest of his life. "I don't want that anymore". "But that being said, I work in an industry where thankfully there are dividends that come out of a movie for the rest of your life", said Smith.

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